(From left) Jayd Powell, Erin Stewart, Tori Powell and Adam Bylsma.
(From left) Jayd Powell, Erin Stewart, Tori Powell and Adam Bylsma. Brandon Livesay

Shooting talent in family

THE future of clay target shooting looks bright with young competitors showing their class in Kingaroy.

Junior shooters were challenging the older generation for top gun honours.

Kingaroy Gun Club's Erin Stewart is leading the way for the next crop of Australian talent.

Erin is the Women's National Clay Target Champion and the Junior National Champion.

Erin competed in every event at the Commonwealth Trap Carnival and said it was a privilege to compete at such a high level on her home turf.

"This is the biggest shoot I've ever been to here," Erin said.

"I'm here at the club shooting once a month."

Stewart was showing some of the other junior shooters around the facilities in between competitive rounds.

Tori Powell said she was hoping to do well in the Ladies' High Gun and the Junior High Gun competitions.

"In the ladies', I'll be up against mum (Zarah Powell)," she said.

"She's the Australian champion. She is ranked third in the world."

But Tori wasn't nervous about competing against her mother.

"At the Queensland States, I beat her in to the top five; I was four and she was five.

"She was happy for me. But when we had the shoot-off for the three representative spots, she beat me in that."

Tori's younger sister Jayd has also taken up clay target shooting.

"I started shooting when I was 12. I've just been around it my whole life," Jayd said.

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