New Queensland Rifle Association president, Andrew Mayfield, says there is a great future for rifle shooting in the state.

Andrew Mayfield is new QRA President

Experienced A Grade shooter Andrew Mayfield has been elected as the new President of the Queensland Rifle Association.

Andrew is a member of Ipswich Rifle Club and is a regular competitor at ranges in Ipswich, Brisbane and Beaudesert from his home base in Logan City where he also works.

He also attends many country prize shoots, something he is keen to continue in an effort to keep in touch with the Association’s diverse member base.

Andrew represented Queensland in a team which competed in New Zealand in 2008 and managed the under 25 team in 2010.

He was proud to introduce his son Patrick to shooting when he turned 11. Patrick, now 15, has made great progress and has been selected in his first under 25 team.

Andrew has plenty of incentive to keep practicing with his son beating him on a range during this year’s city-country shoot.

“I think there is a great future for rifle shooting in Queensland. We have world class shooting facilities at our Belmont headquarters and our sport will get a real lift as we progress towards hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018,” Andrew said.

“We have to seize opportunities as they arise to advance and promote our sport. It is really important for the Association and our member clubs to continue attracting a flow of new and younger members.

“We have lots of very knowledgeable shooters and I appeal for them to share their experience by taking on a mentoring role with newcomers so the sport can enjoy continual renewal.”

“I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work of our retiring President Rod Bickell and to thank retiring board member John Caske for his contribution to the administration of the QRA,” Andrew said.

There are two new faces on the QRA board, well-known shooters Kay Skelton and Darren Enslin.

Kay, who is secretary of Brisbane Rifle Club, is believed to be the first woman to serve at board level.

Kay was originally from Scotland and met her husband Bob when he was in an Australian team competing in Bisley.

She first began shooting in 1980 and has taken a more serious interest in club and team management since 2005.

Darren Enslin is a seasoned international competitor who with his wife Gillian has been a regular member of Queensland and Australian teams. The couple live near Childers and belong to the Pacific Rifle Club in Brisbane.

Their son Dean, a Brisbane university student, is now also enjoying the sport and has been selected in his second QRA under 25 team.




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