Orange shooters bring home swag of medals from national championships

ON TARGET: Peter Brus (left), Max Wicks, Dave Oates and Dean Brus show off their medals after returning from ISSF/PA National Championships.
Photo: Nick McGrath  0430nmshoot2

ON TARGET: Peter Brus (left), Max Wicks, Dave Oates and Dean Brus show off their medals after returning from ISSF/PA National Championships. Photo: Nick McGrath 0430nmshoot2

THE NSW shooting team went out all guns blazing last month when they competed in the International Shooting Sport Federation and Pistol Australia National Championships. 

The NSW squad uniquely boasts the names of a whopping five shooters from the Orange and District Pistol Club including Dean Brus and son Peter Brus, Dave Oates, Max Wicks and Lara Cowling.

“No other state team had five members from the one club, so that’s pretty rare,” Dean said. 

The championships, hosted by the NSW Amateur Pistol Association at the Cessnock Pistol Club from April 13 to 20, enabled these regional talents to exhibit their endurance and precision. 

Shooting veteran Dean had astonishing success throughout the championships after preparation for his competitive season was delayed  after a water-skiing injury affected his hamstring. 

“This year my preparation has been very different and involved a lot of physio and pain management,” he said.

Dean earned five top-three results, including first place in the WA1500-Revolver, WA1500-Pistol and Service Pistol Aggregate.

In addition to Dean’s success, his long-time friends, shooting partners and son also saw success on the range. 

An incredibly exciting occasion this year took place in the WA1500-Pistol discipline when Dean, Dave and 17-year-old Peter all placed first, second and third respectively. 

“To watch my son come through and this year to see him up on the podium alongside myself and Davey was a very proud moment ... was absolutely incredible,” Dean explained. 

The entire team is preparing for upcoming regional shoots in the next few months, after which Dave and Dean will travel to Germany in August as part of the Australian team.

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