Goldfields rifle shooter David Martin stole a march on a richly talented field to claim the prestigious WA Queen's Prize title at Perth's Swanbourne range at the weekend.
The 55-year-old New South Welshman and his Kalgoorlie Rifle Club team-mate John Moore made it a memorable carnival for the locals by grabbing the top two spots, with Moore also the grand aggregate winner.
For Martin, who originally hails from Orange, NSW, the result was easily the proudest moment of a 24-year career.
He had taken up the sport four years after moving to Perth in 1984 – explaining how his initial preference was pistol shooting.
“I was actually going to join a pistol club with a mate, but it didn’t work out at all and instead, we went down to the Swanbourne Rifle Club,” Martin said.
“We walked in and it was like, ‘gidday guys’ and they welcomed us with open arms.”