National title in sights
SHOOTING: SCANNING the skies through his gun sight, a sense of calm washes over Brodie Hewitt before his eyes and barrel lock onto the moving target followed by a deafening crack through the air.
The sense of quiet followed by a quick-thinking challenge is how the 19-year-old clay target shooter fell in love with the sport with when he first picked up a gun at the age of 11.
Hewitt is in a team of eight which will represent Roma at the 2019 Down The Line National Titles in April.
After winning almost every Roma major shoot but one, Hewitt has the national titles in his sights.
"There are too many people out there today who see it as a sport of violence, but I go out there and I am in a happy state and it gives you the opportunity to travel all over Australia and meet great people,” Hewitt said about the sport he loves.
Irishman Patrick Magee became involved in the club after going to a come and try day in 2015 and instantly fell in love with the sport.
"Last year was my first time competing in the nationals, so for Roma to host it, it is a great chance to shoot with the most elite,” he said.
"Coming from another country you don't have many relatives around so they have become my family.”
Sharon Purcell also made the Roma team to contest the national title.
Relatively new to the sport, Purcell said the sport boasted a level-playing field for everyone.
"There aren't a lot of women involved in the sport but the good thing about this sport it is not about your fitness, your physic or your gender, everyone can hold a gun,” she said.
The Roma Clay Target club will pay the nomination fee for its eight representatives, a total of $3510.
Patrick Magee, Terrie Buiko, Tony Allen, Sharon Purcell, Andrew Whyte, Brodie Hewitt, Allan Pack and Ian Allen will compete in the nationals when Roma hosts the event on April 1-7.
"This is an opportunity to give back to the club members and an incentive for them to shoot at the majors,” Roma Clay Shooting president Andrew Whyte told The Western Star.