Elite title provides 20 year reward for hard work
QUEEN'S Prize shooting winner Glenn Rush is hoping to compete internationally in the future after his impressive performance at the latest national championships.
"I'd love to get to England one day,'' the Ipswich born and bred sportsman said.
However, for the time being, he can be proud of his first major F-Class victory at the Belmont range in Brisbane.
"I knew that I had the ability to do it. It was just getting it done,'' Rush said.
"It's something that's 20 years in the making.''
Rush, 32, is an experienced F Standard shooter, having grown up with and followed his father Rob who has represented Queensland and Australia over many years.
However, unlike fullbore rifle competitor Rob, Glenn has made his mark in a discipline that's only become more competitive the last 10-15 years.
Glenn broke through for his debut Queen's Prize title at the national championships of the National Rifle Association of Australia, held over five days in Brisbane.
In challenging conditions, the Ipswich and District Rifle Club captain comfortably won the A-grade division with a score of 576.41 (out of 600). That was four points ahead of his nearest competitor.
"It (the Queen's Prize) is the pinnacle that you can go to in the individual level,'' Glenn said, reflecting on his first win.
"It just felt different this time. I felt ready.''
Glenn also won four gold medals over the 1000 yard, 800 yard and 600 yard ranges.
Glenn, a fourth generation shooter, has competed in many state and national championships since he joined the Ipswich and District Rifle Club as a teenager in 1995.
However, this was his first Queen's Prize success, celebrated with proud dad Rob watching.
"You never stop learning,'' Glenn said, appreciative of his father's support.
"I don't think either of us are technical. I got it from him but we both subscribe to the psychology of sport.
"It's a mental challenge more than technique.''
Rob, a long-time Australian team member and winner of seven Queen's Prizes, enjoyed more success at the latest national championships.
Rob received medals and badges in the Royal Kaltenberg Challenge Cup, the Queen's Prize and match 22 at 1000 yards.
He came fourth in the Challenge Cup, contested by the top 20 shooters from the previous five days of competition.
Rob finished 14th in the Queen's Prize and won his event over 1000 yards.
"It was pleasing to see Glenn win his first national title, as he has put a lot of hard work into developing his skills and as captain of the Ipswich club,'' Rob said.
"He has devoted time and effort into making the club's range at Ripley and its facilities one of the best and most competitive in the state.''
However, Glenn's win was bittersweet as two of his biggest supporters were not there to share in the celebrations.
Elder statesman of the sport, Glenn's grandfather Jim, passed away last year.
Glenn's grandfather Eric Nunn, the Ipswich and District Rifle Club's longest serving captain, died six weeks ago.
Glenn acknowledged the influence his two grandfathers had on his sporting career, with both of them teaching and guiding him.
His dad Rob has also played a major role in Glenn's development.
"I've followed him around Australia a bit,'' Glenn said.
"I haven't been overseas with him yet but hopefully one day.''
The Ipswich and District Rifle Club's fine traditions were also highlighted in the efforts of other members at the national titles.
New club member Alex Macpherson claimed the fifth placed cloth badge with 533.17 in F Standard B-grade.
Father and son Craig and Josh Pratt also competed, showing the strong family bonds in the club.
The Ipswich and District Rifle Club has meets each Saturday at 1pm at the Ripley Rifle Range.
- additional shooting event information from Melanie Rush