The 2017 SSAA SHOT Expo Melbourne made history last month, becoming the biggest ever Expo of its kind.
More than 17,100 people attended the event at the Melbourne Showgrounds – an increase of 23 per cent on the city’s previous SSAA SHOT Expo.
SSAA Victoria President and National SSAA SHOT Expo committee member Denis Moroney said the Association was encouraged by ticket sales of the recent Expo and looking forward to similar positive results at the Brisbane Expo in August.
“It’s really pleasing to see that at a time when firearms ownership is being met with such opposition, in the media in particular, that support of the shooting sports has not faltered,” he said.
In celebration of the event, Hunt the Menu’s Cory Wilson has released a promotional video. The video includes testimonials from several visitors and exhibitors that were interviewed during the two-day event.
But the most encouraging aspect of the entire SSAA SHOT Expo was the dedication and the commitment of the volunteers. Sixty-eight SSAA Victoria volunteers worked at the ranges, R-licence hall, SSAA stand and roamed around the event doing various important tasks across the weekend.
Every single volunteer who was on the roster turned up for their shift, and stayed the whole length of their shift. Many volunteers elected to stay longer than their rostered shift, or returned for another day.
“The volunteers were just excellent,” Denis said. “Dozens of volunteers worked tirelessly for the entirety of their shifts. It was overwhelming to see so many people who were passionate about the shooting sports and about SSAA, coming together and working as a team. Those people should be very proud of themselves for the work that they did.”
Read the full story, which includes competition winners, in the June edition of the Victorian Shooter – out next week.