Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Elite Title Provides 20yr Reward; Ipswich Shooter's Winning Tribute to Fine Family Support

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Elite Title Provides 20yr Reward; Ipswich Shooter's Winning Tribute to Fine Family Support

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

SHOOTING: Queen's Prize winner Glenn Rush is hoping to compete internationally in the future after his impressive performance at the latest national championships.

"I'd love to get to England one day,'' the Ipswich born and bred sportsman said.

However, for the time being, he can be proud of his first major F-Class victory at the Belmont range in Brisbane.

"I knew that I had the ability to do it. It was just getting it done,'' Rush said.

"It's something that's 20 years in the making.''

Rush, 32, is an experienced F Standard shooter, having grown up with and followed his father Rob who has represented Queensland and Australia over many years.

However, unlike fullbore rifle competitor Rob, Glenn has made his mark in a discipline that's only become more competitive the last 10-15 years.

Glenn broke through for his debut Queen's Prize title at the national championships of the National Rifle Association of Australia, held over five days in Brisbane.

In challenging conditions, the Ipswich and District Rifle Club captain comfortably won the A-grade division with a score of 576.41 (out of 600). That was four points ahead of his nearest competitor.

"It (the Queen's Prize) is the pinnacle that you can go to in the individual level,'' Glenn said, reflecting on his first win.

"It just felt different this time. I felt ready.''

Glenn also won four gold medals over the 1000 yard, 800 yard and 600 yard ranges.

Glenn, a fourth generation shooter, has competed in many state and national championships since he joined the Ipswich and District Rifle Club as a teenager in 1995.

However, this was his first Queen's Prize success, celebrated with proud dad Rob watching.

"You never stop learning,'' Glenn said, appreciative of his father's support.

"I don't think either of us are technical. I got it from him but we both subscribe to the psychology of sport.

"It's a mental challenge more than technique. …

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