The Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group held a festive Christmas shoot in Canberra last week, with representatives from the SSAA among around 40 guests in attendance. Co-hosted with the National Press Club, the event saw a mix of media and politicians compete for medals in a clay target shooting competition.
Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator David Leyonhjelm, David Littleproud MP and Scott Buchholz MP represented the federal politicians, while members of the press included Channel Nine journalists. Russell and Lauryn Mark were there to coach participants through the competition, with the Press Gallery winning the inaugural event. It came as no surprise that sharpshooter Senator McKenzie notched up the highest female score, while Scott Mitchell, former federal president of the National Party, recorded the highest score for the male competitors.
The event was sponsored by the Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) and the National Press Club.
The Friends of Shooting group, co-chaired by Senator McKenzie and Labor MP Anthony Byrne, is made up of federal politicians who support recreational shooting. Along with hosting range days and events, the group liaises with the SSAA and other likeminded organisations to educate our politicians about sports shooting and hunting.
The SSAA thanks the members of the group for their public support of our activities, as we look forward to another productive year.