Shooter honoured for contribution
NEW Warwick Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) life member Greg Roulston doesn’t see himself competing against his opponents at Risdon Range.
“Shooting is a challenge against yourself to better your last shot,” Roulston said.
“I find it peaceful and relaxing on the range.”
In more than eight years in the sport, Roulston has been a shooter, volunteer and committee member of the branch.
He is in his fifth term as treasurer and proud of what has been achieved in that time.
“We have doubled the size of the clubhouse and built an ablution block for shooters with a disability,” Roulston said.
“The club moved a building, donated by Darling Downs Christian College, which can be used for a bit of accommodation or as a training room if required (theory).”
The club also upgraded the range in recent years.
Roulston recalls going to a recent shoot at Glen Innes where the only facilities away from the range were two pit toilets for 60 shooters.
“Our facilities at Risdon Range are second to none in rural areas of Queensland,” he said.
Two of his major wins in SSAA shooting are in Rose City Hunterclass Rimfire Benchrest in 2009 and again this year.
The winner is determined by adding the top eight scores of each shooter for the year and dividing by eight.
His winning score is 496.15/500. Roulston had a best score of 498.21/500 for the season.
This year, he was seventh in a field of 40 from Queensland and New South Wales in the state International Rimfire Benchrest (IRB) Championships.
After dabbling in sailing and motor racing, Roulston now concentrates on SSAA shooting and competes once a fortnight on average.
He has travelled with Warwick SSAA branch members to shoots at Glen Innes, Toowoomba and Inglewood.
Roulston said he was surprised to be awarded a life membership.
“Everyone does a bit to keep the club going,” he said.
“The club is forging ahead in leaps and bounds. We host major events at Risdon Range in August and October next year.”
The life membership badge was presented by branch president Mal Smith who was recently appointed benchrest chairman for Queensland.