Ashley Bidgood with the Percy Gartner Memorial Shield for his win at Darling Downs district level at Risdon Range.
Ashley Bidgood with the Percy Gartner Memorial Shield for his win at Darling Downs district level at Risdon Range. Gerard Walsh

Dual Australian representative shooting possibles galore

A SHOOTER from the Crows Nest Goombungee Rifle Club has hit four perfect scores to show the way to fellow shooters at the Darling Downs District championships.

Ashley Bidgood competed for Australia in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and was the only national representative to compete at Risdon Range at the weekend.

He said there was usually a challenging wind on the rifle range at Risdon Range.

"People enjoy a bit of wind, it is a challenge,” he said.

He won the Percy Gartner Memorial Shield on Saturday when he had two scores of 150/150 and on Sunday had another two perfect scores at the 300 and 500-yard range.

"I am always trying to better myself,” Bidgood said.

He was delighted to win in Warwick.

"The history of shooting in Warwick goes back a long way. I have been shooting for 30 years,” he said.

Bidgood was part of the Australian long range team which won the World Cup in New Zealand this year, the first win by the Aussies since 1988.

In the individual competition, he was fourth in the world in a competition where two of his teammates filled the first two placings.

"I was eighth going in to the final and fourth after the final. I was four points out of a place,” Bidgood said.

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