Gladstone Clay Target Club’s Triumph at The 2023 Trap Carnival!

Gladstone Clay Target Club’s Triumph at The 2023 Trap Carnival!

The Gladstone Clay Target Club, with a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1976, recently welcomed enthusiasts and marksmen to their highly anticipated annual two day trap carnival at the Gladstone Clay Target Club range.

This long standing tradition, which spans over four decades has been a source of excitement and camaraderie for the community, only briefly interrupted by the challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Wieting, who is the Club President for GCTC has graciously offered his insights about the club’s recent event.

“Approximately sixty shooters, ranging in age from 12 to 80 years, joined us to compete,” said Scott. 

“We had shooters journey from the Northern Territory, Victoria and various corners of Central Queensland, with participants travelling from as far west as Springsure and as far north as Mackay to attend our event!”

“Our weekend scores took a hit, thanks to some seriously tough conditions. High winds really threw a wrench into the works, making it quite a challenge for our competitors and as a result, had a noticeable impact on the overall scores,” 

“Our local GCTC members got the chance to face off against some of Queensland’s finest, including former state champions vying for those top high gun prizes. Of course, there were other cash prizes up for grabs too,” highlighted Scott.

“On behalf of the GCTC, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our fellow members and the dedicated shooters who travelled to join us. A massive shoutout goes to our generous sponsors, we genuinely couldn’t make it happen without your unwavering support.”

This event, rich in tradition and brimming with talent, serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of sportsmanship and the thrill of the shot. The challenges of the range may be formidable, but they are met with unwavering enthusiasm and dedication.

With heartfelt thanks to the participants, sponsors and resilient GCTC members, this clay carnival stands as a vibrant testament to the shooting community’s resilience and shared passion for the sport. Until next year’s showdown, the targets may rest but the memories and anticipation continue to blaze.


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