Stephanie crowned Queen of Air Rifle Championships

Monaro Air Rifle Club shooter Stephanie Taylor has been crowned the Queen of the 2012 Australian Air Rifle Championships.

The championships were held at the Monaro Air Rifle Club last week culminating with a presentation on Friday night.

Ms Taylor was crowned Queen for the sixth time in the last 10 years.

Lee O'Donahue from the Canberra Club was crowned King, Will Hummerl from Teutonia Club in Victoria was champion Bench Rest shooter and Junior Royal was Tom Walton from Hubertus club Sydney.

Former Monaro Air Rifle Club shooter, John Coombes, and Olympic shooter, took out the finals shoot which put the top eight shooters against each other.

About 20 local competitors from the Monaro Air Rifle Club were up against some of the best shooters in Australia.

In the Golden Oldies event Ann Shore placed third in the 60- 69 year old category while in the over 70s category local Bruno Schnitzer also placed third.

The oldest shooter in the competition David Liebauer, 83, from the Monaro Club also put in a solid performance proving age is no barrier.

Monaro Club president Robert Taylor competed in the A Grade shoot placing fifth while Tim Deamer came in seventh.

Deamer and Taylor paired up in the team shoot and came a narrow second in A Grade behind Canberra Air Rifle club by one point.

In B Grade Stephanie Taylor placed sixth.

Monaro's Campbell Childs came second in D Grade, while junior shooter Alexander Childs came second in E Grade. Veteran Karl-Heinz Engelhardt placed third in E grade followed by fellow Monaro shooters Peter Hickling, Ron Evans fourth and Samuel Scarlett fifth.

The Monaro Air Rifle Club team of Terry Huggett and Ann Shore took out the D Grade team event, with the team of Capmbell Childs and David Stewart in fourth and Warwick Scarlett and Sabine Hickling in fifth.

The E Grade team shoot was won by another local team of Alexander Childs and Ron Evans.

In the rest 2 shoot Bruce Stewart and David Libauer placed third for Monaro Air Rifle Club.

In the hotly contested Ladies team shoot Stephanie Taylor and Ann Shore came fifth from seven teams. Monaro club president Robert Taylor said the week was a success.

"We had 15 lady shooters in the competition. It was great to see the ladies come and compete. Four turned up in the top eight shoot out," he said.

The championships will be held in Wollongong at Albion Park in January next year.

Anyone interested in joining the Monaro Air Rifle Club can head along to the club near Ti-Tree Race Course for social shoots on Tuesday's at 7pm from February.

The club has about 80 members.

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