Stawell’s Colin Dunn will don the green and gold uniform for Australia once again when he competes at the 2018 Universal Trench World Cup in two weeks time.
Dunn will fly out to Budapest, Hungary for the international competition.
Despite having represented Australia at previous shooting competitions, this will be Dunn’s first time competing in the universal trench style.
“It is a totally different discipline as to the down the line shooting which I usually compete in and what we have in Stawell,” he said.
“It is a lot faster, nearly twice the speed of down the line. It also has much sharper angles. It is more difficult but more fun.”
Dunn is part of the three-person veterans team that will compete against the best universal trench shooters in the world. He had to go through a competitive four-round qualification system before being selected in the team.
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“I had to shoot at qualifiers at Frankston, Lilydale, Sydney and Adelaide before I was picked,” he said.
“I have shot this discipline for the last four or five years but this is the first time I have had more of a serious crack at qualifying.”
It has been an impressive effort for Dunn to qualify for the event considering the lack of facilities in the region.
He said he has to travel vast distances to practice the different discipline.
“I either have to go to Werribee, Melbourne or Mildura to practice which is obviously tough being here in Stawell,” he said.
The trip will be Dunn’s first time in Europe as well as his first time competing in the universal trench for Australia.
“I am very much looking forward to it. I have no expectations of how I will go, I just hope it is a great competition,” he said.
“They shoot this style a fair bit in Europe so it will be interesting to see how I go.”
Dunn leaves for Hungary on July 22.