In memory of Robin
AT 14 years of age, Mickey Loy has competed in clay target shooting for three years and wants his name on the Robin Loy Memorial 30 Pair Double Rise trophy which will be contested on Sunday in memory of his grandfather.
Mickey started his career at the age of 11 and enjoyed going to shoots with his grandfather Robin Loy.
He had just starting recording a win or two in C-grade when Robin died two years ago.
“I won at Texas in my first big trip away with my grandfather,” Mickey said.
Robin Loy was president of the Warwick Clay Target Club for five or six years prior to his death.
He has been succeeded as president by his son, and Mickey’s father, Michael Loy.
In the first memorial shoot last year, Michael concentrated on the role of president and didn’t compete.
But this year he is keen to do well in the memorial shoot in a field of 100.
Michael’s wife Carolyn hadn’t picked up a gun until two decades ago.
“Robin and Michael taught me to shoot and I love it – the people. It is a great family sport,” Carolyn said.
“We are all very competitive in the club. There is also some friendly competition within the family.”
The Loy family has donated four car fridges for the winners of AA, A, B and C grades in the memorial shoot on Sunday.
Carolyn said she was keen to win but not just for the fridge.
“I want the sash for overall high gun,” she said.
While she isn’t competing on Sunday, Michael and Carolyn’s daughter Charlee has turned 11 and is keen to try her hand at the sport.
If anyone questions whether clay target shooting is suitable for all the family, they need look no further than the Loy family.
Robin’s daughter Gina, son-in-law Robert Auger and their two children will be at the shoot.
Robert will compete along with Robin’s brothers Alex and John, daughter-in-law Jenny and nephews Jamie and Matthew Loy.
The Loy family involvement doesn’t end on the range – Robin’s wife Anne will work in the canteen with Shirley Norman.
She recalls volunteering to do the canteen 16 years ago and has rarely missed a shoot since.
“I will keep doing it while Michael is president,” Anne said.
“I wasn’t dobbed in to do the canteen by Robin but I know he appreciated it.”
Anne is an honorary life member of the Warwick Clay Target Club and said family activities were always arranged to avoid any clashes with club shoots.
Southern Downs Regional Councillor Ross Bartley won the inaugural event last year.
“Dad would have been very happy to know that Ross won the first memorial shoot,” Michael said.