Ipswich shooter takes aim
SHE’S an expert with a long-barrelled rifle and she can put bullets into small targets 800 metres away.
So it’s no wonder Elyse Morrison’s boyfriend never leaves the toilet seat up.
The Brassall resident and Ipswich and District Rifle Club member is a champion shooter.
She recently won the National Ladies Team Competition in long-range shooting as part of the Queensland squad.
Unsurprisingly, the blonde 22-year-old said her boyfriend was very respectful of her prowess with a rifle.
“He knows not to step out of line, that’s for sure,” Elyse said.
“But for some reason he seems to like the idea of his girlfriend being a shooter.”
Elyse, a member of the Ipswich District Shooting and Rifle Association, began shooting five years ago as a means of staying close to her father.
“My dad has done shooting for years and when I began working full-time I stopped seeing him, so I thought going shooting with him would keep us close,” she said.
“Once I started doing it I fell in love with it.”
The National Ladies Team Competition was held at the Malabar Rifle Range in Sydney last month. Shooters had to hit targets at 300m, 600m, 700m and, the final round, at 800m, 10 times each.
At 800 metres even a slight breeze could throw a bullet off course, so concentration was her best friend.
“I don’t go hunting or anything like that; I just the love the sporting aspect of shooting,” Elyse said.
“It’s not about the power you have with a gun, it’s about the challenge and the technical aspects.
“Your breathing pattern is very important as is measuring the breeze. It’s a very difficult but rewarding sport.”
However, a tilt at the Olympic Games was far from her mind.
“With work commitments it’s pretty hard to get to that level,” she said. “We’ll see, but you have to try out for the Australian and it’s difficult to get time away to even do that.”