The competition was held at the Jamor Shooting range in the National Sports Centre in Lisbon, Portugal.

7 countries participated in the team event.
Australia, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and South Africa (not a full team).
59 shooters of 10 countries participate in the individual event.
Australia (10), Belgium (1), England (3), France (10), Italy (10), Luxembourg (2), Northern Ireland (1), Portugal (10), Spain (10) and South Africa (2).
The event was well planned and presented in a positive spirit.
The Australia team won the team event with a total of 4430 (212x)
Norman Bardell, John Matthews and Stuart Elliott
Luc Brouquier of France won the individual event with a score of 1487 (77x).

2016 – GOLD AGAIN!

The World Benchrest Shooting Championships was held in Sydney Australia earlier this year.
These prestigious shooting championships are held every two years in one of the 35 member countries across the world.

This year in October it was the opportunity of the Aussies to show their worth and they really did their country proud. From the accommodation to the arrangements of the championships were extremely well organised. When the Sydney bushfires approached the shooting venue, all were even instructed on how to park our vehicles to be able to leave the area quickly, if needed.

The championships were held near the town Silverdale some 60 kilometres west of Sydney. In total 20 of the 34 qualifying countries attended the championships with America and Australia again represented in force with arguably the best shooters in the world.

The South African teams consisted of two teams of four shooters each. Only two shooters from the Western Province were selected, namely Kobus Visser and Jan Hemmes. Both were selected for the South African A team.

The world was stunned the first day when a South African shooter, Freddie Botha from the North West Province won the gold medal and outperformed everybody who attended. The second day was won by an American, and the third day was again won by a South African, this time Jan Hemmes. The fifth day it was Kobus’ turn and he won two gold medals, one for the day and one for shooting the smallest group over the distance of 200 metres.

The first four days of the championships is a team competition and the fifth day of the championships an individual competition. The American A team won gold in the overall team competition with the South African A team coming second and the Australian A team third. This was a great achievement as no South African team has ever come close to winning a medal in the team competitions. This time it was silver for them.

The individual competition on the fifth day was fiercely competitive and Kobus was fortunate enough to won the two gold medals on the day.
The four team members of the South African A team won in total sixteen medals, three Gold, eight Silver and five Bronze medals.

Quite an achievement…!!!

I went over to Michigan, USA on 21st July 2011 to take parting the IBS Nationals in Holton USA. There were about 110 shooters with me the only foreigner.

It started on the Monday with the 100m unlimited class and Tuesday the 200m unlimited class. These were railguns and a first for me to see these things in action. Awesome if they work; a disaster if they don’t. Ten shots in less than 10 seconds. No time to look through the scope. If one of your platform feet slips into a dent on the bench you will know it only after the 10th shot. Group sizes (10 shot) at 100y in the low teens and around 0.5 at 200y. This is the machine you want to really learn some wind shooting. Continue Reading →