by Molly Hancock
SHOOTING: Byron Hewitt walked away from the shooting range not only with a sense of pride after hosting a successful event, but with a brand new Mitsubishi twin-cab ute from Armstrong Motors.
When Hewitt, the Roma Gun Club president, was asked about his strategy for winning, he said he had none, other than to "keep calm” and work through it, "one shot at a time”.
"I was looking at Roma as a lead-up to the world titles in a couple of weeks but, to win this on my home ground, is pretty special,” Hewitt said.
The three-day event drew about 130 competitors from as far as afield as Tasmania, NSW and throughout Queensland to compete for a a shot at winning a new Mitsubishi Triton twin-cab ute.
With the wet and stormy weather holding off, shooters took part in a five-event program, with the last event being the car shoot, the first since 1972.
Thirty shooters qualified for the 40-spot competition, with the Roma Gun Club auctioning off the remaining 10 spots.
"We needed an event, as most of the other clubs from around Australia have a name for their event, and given that we are from Roma we decided to have a Roman Chariot Shoot, the chariot being a vehicle,” vice-president Andrew White said.
"We are going to run this competition for the next three years and we expect next year to be bigger and better because we will also host the pre-nationals and national titles.”
Not only did the Roma Gun Club have one brand-new vehicle up for grabs, it had two.
The second car, a Mitsubishi Mirage, was also on the market to be won as a lucky door prize.
Competitors could enter the lucky door draw by nominating themselves in events prior to the weekend.
Gold Coast Gun Club member Terry Morony was the lucky winner.
"I have been coming to Roma for 25 years and have always enjoyed the camaraderie,” Morony said.
"And this is one hell of a raffle to win.”