Ladies the target: More than just a boy's club

THERE are many misconceptions with guns, and the Swan Hill Clay Target Club are out to rectify one of them — the sport of shooting is a boy's club.

Club treasurer/secretary Rebecca Orlando already proves women can compete on the range and hopes to continue sending that message during the third annual 2018 ladies day — learn to shoot event.

The 2017 ladies day event was a success with 35 people in attendance. Pictures: REBECCA ORLANDO

The 2017 ladies day event was a success with 35 people in attendance. Pictures: REBECCA ORLANDO

"The concept was brought about by not having enough female shooters within the sport," Orlando said.

"I came up with the idea after attending one in a different discipline and enjoying myself because you're mingling with like-minded people. 

"Our Victorian governing body also obtained grant funds to run these sorts of days and cover some of the costs."

Orlando is worried the reason many females never consider taking up the sport is out of fear of judgement and the guns themselves.

But with 14 ladies participating in the inaugural year and 35 shooters in 2017, Orlando feels the word is slowly spreading about the changes the event makes.

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