SHARP EYE: Ipswich shooting stalwart Rob Rush (right) is enjoying a new role devising tactics for the national team and mentoring younger competitors.
SHARP EYE: Ipswich shooting stalwart Rob Rush (right) is enjoying a new role devising tactics for the national team and mentoring younger competitors. David Nielsen

Rush on to master Windies conditions

The 2012 Queensland Times-City of Ipswich Sports Awards will recognise the best regional talent at a gala function on November 3. Leading up to the awards night, the QT is previewing the contenders. QT sports editor David Lems today examines the masters.

WHEN Rob Rush arrives in the West Indies next year, he'll be a weather expert - on Caribbean conditions at least.

Having been chosen as a master coach and tactician for the Australian shooting team, Rush is spending a lot of his spare time studying wind and sea breezes.

He needs to know how conditions change for his role in Barbados when the Aussie team competes in the international event in May.

"We're trying to learn about the range," Rush said.

"It's not a major venue but it's convenient for a lot of the competition to come to because it's just a few hours for the American, Canadian and English teams to get there."

Rush expects a 40-hour trip from Australia, however, next year.

He's excited about his first overseas coaching challenge having performed a similar mentoring role at last year's world championships in Brisbane. The Aussie team Rush helped came fourth.

With West Indies shooting range exposed to open conditions, his pre-event efforts will be vital.

"It's right on the edge of the ocean actually so we should get some fairly strong winds coming through," Rush said.

"I've been doing a bit of research on wind direction, wind strength.

"My job is to read the weather conditions, so we've been getting updates from the Barbados weather station and try to do some analysis on what to expect over there."

While Rush has been planning for that overseas mission, he has continued to excel in individual and team competition.

This year, he won the Queensland Rifle Association Champion of Champions title for a record-equalling ninth time since 1976.

The Champion of Champions competition is contested by all district A-grade champions from SEQ and Northern NSW.

Rush was a member of the Ipswich District Rifle Club team that won the SEDRA (inter-club) Master Class teams competition.

He was also part of the Ipswich District Rifle Club line-up that won the Duncan Club teams event against competitors from throughout Australia.

He helped the SEDRA team that won the Zillman Brothers Trophy against regional combinations from Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.

"I'm reasonably happy," Rush said, having been with the tradition-rich Ipswich club for more than 40 years.

"I'm still going along okay."

Rush leads the club championships with six weeks left.



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