Sandra Moffatt prepares to shoot in the Australia Cup women’s final. Sam West takes aim during the qualifying round.
WAGIN Gun Club shooters Sam West and Sandra Moffatt competed in a nationwide clay target shooting event in Perth recently.
The pair competed in the Australia Cup 3, which was one of the events in a series that has helped determine the shooters who will represent Australia at the upcoming Olympics.
There were many previous Olympians entered in the Perth event, including Suzy Balogh who won gold at the Athens Olympics.
West and Moffatt nominated in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Trap competition which was separated into men’s and women’s divisions.
With only two ISSF Trap facilities in the state, the Wagin shooters were at a disadvantage and although West has previously represented WA in ISSF Trap, Moffatt had only competed in this discipline once before.
Beautiful conditions greeted the shooters and the Perth facility is one of the best in the country.
Moffatt started off the day in fine form posting a 24/25 in the first round, placing her second overall at this stage.
Her following two rounds were not quite as impressive, although she managed to place fifth which saw her make the final, edging out Australian and Japanese team members.
The final was another challenge in itself in that competitors can only have one shot at each target, whereas in the qualifying rounds they are allowed two shots.
Moffatt had never shot a single barrel final before and her first attempt was among competitors who have won Olympic and Commonwealth gold medals.
After the final was finished, Moffatt remained in fifth place with a score of 81/100.
This placed her two targets behind former national champion Anna Shedrina and five targets behind Suzy Balogh who will be representing Australia at the London Olympics.
Sam West strung together five consistent rounds and finished with 107/125, which saw him place 10th among a competitive field.
West and Moffatt found the experience invaluable and it has further inspired them to pursue ISSF Trap.
Wagin Gun Club wants to install ISSF facilities at its grounds and is currently applying for a grant as well as fundraising to help achieve this.