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Nations best take aim at Commonwealth Trap Carnival

CRACKING SHOT: Have a go at clay target shooting.
CRACKING SHOT: Have a go at clay target shooting. Brandon Livesay

THE BIG shots are in Kingaroy over the weekend for the Commonwealth Trap Carnival.

Kingaroy Clay Target Club is hosting the national competition with about 140 registered competitors gunning for trophies.

Club president Gary Brown said he was blown away by the number of entries.

"Shooters from every state in Australia are here, we've got two Olympic shooters and we've got national champions here," Brown said.

"You look at the score board with all the AA shooters and there's that many top class shooters here."

One of the biggest names at the event is Olympic shooter and Commonwealth Games medalist George Barton.

Barton said the carnival was one of the most prestigious competitions in the country.

"The national titles is the be all and end all of shooting, and just underneath national titles is this," he said.

"It's to get the big shots here to these regional clubs."

And Barton said the Kingaroy Clay Target Club was a fine example of how to host big events.

"These guys have done an absolutely unbelievable effort and they are all volunteers," he said.

"I've been here a few times and the atmosphere and hospitality here is as good as anywhere and any town in Australia."

Spectators are welcome and competition starts from 8am today.

The Kingaroy Clay Target Club is on Goodger Rd, 3km south of Kingaroy near the airport.

Topics:  clay target shooting commonwealth olympian

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