Women and junior shooters were among those who came to the Springvale Range on Saturday to take part in the Try Shooting Day.
Hosted by former Australian representative shooter, Gemma Dunn, who recently joined the SSAA as the Coaching and Membership Development Manager, the day was aimed at introducing new people to our sport.
“The Try Shooting Day was all about showing how fun, inclusive, professional and safe going to the range and having a shot can be,” she said.
“The SSAA is constantly working on ways to promote the shooting sports. A day where unlicensed members of the public can enjoy our sport and see why we love it so much, is such a fantastic way to do so.
“It helps break down the misconceptions of the public towards shooters across the nation as well as providing a great level of service and experience on our ranges.”
The were 36 attendees for the day, including 14 women and five juniors, who shot in two sessions held on the day.
After a safety briefing, each session comprised a series of target shoots including a special Christmas event where teams would shoot for a high score.
“We are hoping those who attended will now see a pathway to competitive shooting and perhaps among them will be our next national representatives,” Gemma said.
“There are so many different disciplines and we’re lucky that the SSAA has them all within our organisation. So there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved.”
The Try Shooting Day was the first of many more to come. Keep an eye out for future dates.