Shire funding helps local shooter head to nationals

Published on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 at 11:47:14 AM

The Shire of Ravensthorpe was pleased to assist Hopetoun resident Keith Roy compete at the Australian Clay Target Association's national championship at Wagga Wagga, NSW, in March.

Mr Roy was representing Western Australia in the veterans team, which placed 5th overall.

"It was an honour to be a part of the WA team and it was due in part to the Shire's funding that I was able to compete, " he said.

"I'd like to thank the Shire of Ravensthorpe for their sponsorship, it really is fantastic that they get behind local sports".

This is the second time Mr Roy has represented the Western Australian veterans team and he hopes to be selected again next year.

He encourages other sporting clubs to seek assistance from the Shire's Community Donations fund when opportunities to compete in major tournaments arise.

"I didn't know the Shire offered this kind of funding, but luckily someone told me about in time to get my application in," he said.

"Other sports could really benefit from this kind of sponsorship too, because when you travel from our region to compete elsewhere, there's always all sorts of costs involved."

All welcome at Hopetoun Clay Target Club

Since returning home Mr Roy is back shooting with the Hopetoun Clay Target Club and he says everyone is welcome to join them.

They meet once a month and the experienced members are more than willing to help people learn the art of shooting.

Clay target shooting is a sport with a variety of disciplines such as trap and skeet shooting. And while it can be fun at any level, if you're really good you can even go as far as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Community Donations

Mr Roy's funding came through the Community Donations Fund.

Applications for Community Donations, up to a maximum of $750, may be submitted at any time throughout the year for any purpose. 

Applications will be received from Shire based organisations, or individuals, where an individual can demonstrate sufficient justification for the provision of financial assistance. 

Such justification may include selection as a representative on a state or national team, with associated costs.

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