By Maureen Bishop
Kay Perrett has a medal in her sights – perhaps even more than one.
The Ashburton shooter leaves on Saturday for Brisbane and the Oceania Commonwealth Shooting Championships and possible selection for the Commonwealth Games.
Mrs Perrett is a pistol shooting champion who knows the pressure of competing at a high level. Last year she also represented New Zealand at the same championships winning a bronze medal in the sport pistol .22 category.
This year the competition will be held at the new Commonwealth Games complex.
Once again she is the only South Islander to make the New Zealand team. Twenty-one men and women make up the team.
She will compete in the air pistol and sport pistol classes as an individual and then shoot as part of the team. She will face precision shooting as well as rapid shooting where she will have just three seconds to take a shot.
Mrs Perrett believes her toughest competition is likely to come from an Australian shooter.
Also heading to Brisbane is Ashburton College pupil Ben Thomas, who is coached by Mrs Perrett.
He is New Zealand’s only male air pistol shooter to compete at the Youth Olympic trials which are also being held at the Commonwealth Games complex.
Ben and two girls, both from Whangarei Girls’ College, are New Zealand’s representatives and will shoot it out with representatives from Australasia to try to secure a spot at the Youth Olympics.
Ben made history recently by taking out three of the major titles – South Island, North Island and national, something that had not been done before in one year.