Best of Luck to Liam Hall taking aim at world championship title in Canada

 

Year 11 student, Liam Hall has a world championship in his sights as he prepares to take on the best long-distance shooters from around the world in Canada this month.


The 16-year-old has shot to prominence within Australia in the past couple of years, excelling at national open-age events to twice represent his country in trans-Tasman contests in the FTR F-Class events.


Shooting targets that are anywhere from 274m (300 yards) to 914m (1000 yards) away using a .308 calibre rifle, Hall became the youngest ever winner of the Victorian state titles at 14, made his first trans-Tasman team that year and in 2016 shot the highest score of anyone in the 823m (900 yards) event.


He also finished second at the nationals this year.


“It’s surreal and pretty exciting,” the Buckley Park College student, who is due to fly out today, said of his coming trip.


“I can’t get my head around it, the opportunity and what it’s going to be like.”

Hall will take part in both team and individual events for 731m to 914m, against competitors from the US, Canada, England, France, Germany and Russia.


Shooting such long distances comes with its own challenges, with the Year 11 student needing to calculate the effect of the wind, how much the bullet will drop and even take into account the temperature and atmosphere.


“It can be pretty difficult at times, but generally the more practice and experience the better you get at it,” Hall said.


“It’s always a challenge as it’s a bit of a hard sport, but it’s a great environment to be a part of.”


All of us at Buckley Park College send Liam the very best of luck! 

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