WITH multiple world titles and a history-making world record, Orange pistol shooting extraordinaire Dean Brus said his, Pete Brus’ and Dave Oates’ recent WA 1500 PPC World Championship campaign in Sweden is undoubtedly his career highlight.
The trio arrived home from Stockholm last Wednesday, with 31.5 kilos of trophies in tow, after Dean and Pete Brus claimed the world club teams revolver title and Oates the world SP5 (distinguished revolver) high master world championships.
In a landmark event, Dean and Pete Brus shot a world record to win their championship and became the first father and son duo to shoot at a world championship.
“For me it’s number one, the most successful overseas trip,” Dean Brus said.
“To be able to shoot with Pete, and have my dad, Pete’s grandad, over there as well, what a remarkable experience.
“I don’t want to take away from mine and Dave’s achievements, but I just got really wrapped up and involved in the father and son thing, I got overwhelmed at times.”
“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Pete said.
“That was my first time shooting over in Europe, straight into it at a world championship and won one with a new world record.
“It’ll be tough to beat that experience.”
The trio made up both team Australia and Orange Pistol Club’s unit, and along with the two world titles brought home a number of team and individual placings.
Dean and Pete Brus claimed the world club teams revolver title with a world record score of 1194, 13 in front of second-placed Club TnT Berlin, of Germany, while Oates won his distinguished revolver title with a strong 590.
Dean and Pete Brus also came second in the world teams revolver (1186), while Dean Brus and Oates also finished runner-up in the world teams pistol (1180) and club teams pistol (1182), with the host nation winning all three events.
Individually, Pete Brus also finished second in the P1500 master division, with a score of 1473, and the trio claimed a number of other top 10 finishes in the other categories.
“Like Dean said, we’ve been at this a while and it’s always good to come home with such a good result, it’s always tough to win over there,” Oates said.
“It was an amazing experience, for three people from Orange to make up the entire Australian team and all come home with a world championship, it just doesn’t get any better really,” Dean Brus said.
“Pete is also the youngest person to ever achieve high master grade too, we were made aware of that when we got over there. His mental capacity and delivery of the shots was exceptional for his age.”