Generous support from the Mataura Licensing Trust has made representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games a bit easier for Scott Wilson.
Mr Wilson will be competing in the men’s double trap shotgun event at the Belmont Shotgun Range on Australia’s Gold Coast on April 11.
The trust granted Mr Wilson $5000 which he said would be great for the build-up to the Games and training expenses.
It will be the second time Mr Wilson has attended the Commonwealth Games, and this time his wife and three children are travelling with him for support.
“They love it and it’s a great feeling to have them over there watching me shoot as well.”
Mr Wilson recently returned from Auckland where he worked with coach Ian Hovened.
“I’m happy with the way training has been leading up to the Games,” he said.
The discs in Mr Wilson’s event travel at 85kmh over a distance of 55m at a height of 3m-3.5m.
“When you’re on a station, you’re not too sure which doubles setting you’re going to get, because there’s not just one particular setting.”
He did not want to speculate on results and said it really just came down to events on the day.
“The most important thing is trying to make a final and then in the final, the gloves are off and you just fight for that place,” he said.
Mr Wilson headed to the Gold Coast yesterday, in time for the opening ceremony today.
Some of the shotgun shooters headed over earlier, but Mr Wilson was helping out at Shooters World and the family farm.
He has been clay shooting for about 20 years and was first coached by Robin Dickie.
“He gave me a great foundation for my shooting career,” Mr Wilson said.