Three Timaru clay shooters will represent the town at Canterbury championships this weekend, before taking on the world next month.
Timaru Clay Target Club member Craig Pilcher will compete at the Canterbury Districts competition in Christchurch on Saturday, along with his daughter Brittany Pilcher and fellow club members Ned Kelland and Mike Sime.
Mr Pilcher expected about 60 shooters from across the region to gather for the competition.
He would also be competing with his daughter and fellow Timaru shooter Matt Lovett in Australian and international competitions in March.
The trio of Timaru target shooters would be part of the South Island team at the Australian nationals in the second week of March, which would be followed by the DTC World Championships the week after.
He began clay shooting about eight years ago, after “dabbling in it” as a child, as his daughter Brittany joined the Craighead Diocesan School clay shooting team.
Brittany (now 22) was ranked fourth in both the women’s section at the 2016 World Championships, which were held in Ireland, and fourth in the junior section, he said.
Mr Pilcher’s grandfather had been a New Zealand representative at clay target shooting.
He said he most enjoyed the social aspect of the Timaru Clay Target Club, as well the discipline involved in clay shooting.
“It’s the people, really.”
The club meets once a month but members are often competing around the country as they have to compete against several other clubs to qualify for national and international events, Mr Pilcher said.
The club was always looking for new people to join.
He said the club always had a strong contingent of young competitors.
“[School teams are] very strong in South Canterbury.”