Kapiti Observer : January 5th 2012
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The Levin resident, who says he probably had a rifle in his hand when he learnt to walk, tells reporter Ben Strang of his journey to Olympic shooter and his quest to return to the ultimate stage Thirty-one-year-old builder Ryan Taylor has already completed the hard yards in his goal of qualifying for the 50m rifle prone at the London Olympics, achieving the more difficult of two required shoot- ing targets. Taylor fired a 596 score at a world cup meeting in Sydney in April, securing his overseas qualifying score for London. Shooters must score two 595 total scores, one overseas and one at any other venue, to qualify. I ve done the hard yards now so the pressure is kind of off, Taylor said. I just have to shoot another 595 any- where and I am in, so I m pretty confi- dent I can do that. Taylor took a rest from shooting over the Christmas and New Year break but will be back into training this month. His first chance at qualification is at the North Island championships in Toko- roa this month, followed by the Mana- watu Championships later in the month. Taylor will then compete at the Hutt Valley championships in Pauatahanui, before the nationals in Palmerston North in February. Shooting is something Taylor has grown up around, with his parents both shooting and rifles always being around. I started competitively shooting when I was 15, he said. I think I was probably holding a rifle when I started walking. I started shoot- ing at the club when I was about 10 but had always been round them at home with dad. Not a natural shooter, Taylor said he was a crafty and quick learner, focusing on what older and more experienced men would do when shooting. I d pick their brains and find out what I can do better. The mental side of shooting is hard to get a hold of, with concentration required over long periods. In a match Taylor fires 60 shots at a 10.4 mm target 50m away. He said wind is a big factor in shooting and it is hard to remain focussed for the 75 minutes allowed. So basically when I got the 596, there were only four of 60 shots that I missed the target, so it s pretty tough. Now Taylor is hopeful of making his second Olympics, having competed in 2004 in Athens. A boost heading into the Olympic year came in early December when Sport and Recreation New Zealand approved $40,000 worth of funding for shooters, sending Taylor and others to world cup meets in London, Munich and Milan in April. London is early February, so I will stay over there and then compete at Munich and Milan which are back-to- back two weeks later, he said. It s a back-up for me if I don t get my scores sooner and for the other people going they need an overseas score so it s make or break. Three U16 players picked in CD side By BEN STRANG Three Horowhenua-Kapiti under-16 cricketers have made the Central Districts representative side after strong performances at a tournament in December. Paraparaumu College s Andre Halbert and Josh Bohmer, and Daemon Kennett, of Waiopehu Col- lege, have been selected for the Central Districts age group side. Horowhenua-Kapiti development officer Ewen Thompson said he could not remember the last time H-K had three players make the regional side. The region takes in Hawke s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson and Whanganui. Thompson said Andre had continued his college cricket form by consistently scoring 30s and 40s at the tournament. Josh had a five-wicket haul during a match and many other wickets. Daemon gained selection with accurate and penetrating seam bowling which troubled oppos- ing batsmen. H-K drew the tournament with Taranaki at Rathkeale College in Wairarapa after rain can- celled their final. Taranaki were bowled out for 205 in the first innings of the two-day match, and H-K were 111-1 when rain disrupted play. Thompson believes the rain prevented H-K gaining an unprecedented tournament victory. Meanwhile, at the under-18 tournament at Nel- son Park in Napier, H-K wicketkeeper and bats- man Matt Walker scored a well-crafted 100 to get selectors up and watching, while bowler Josh McLean was also close to selection for Central Districts, Thompson said.
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