LOCAL shooter at the Inverloch/Korumburra gun club Max Oakley has been selected to represent Australia in the upcoming International Shooting Sport Federation’s Skeet and Trap South Zone Championships in New Zealand.
After claiming the Tricolour sash for winning the ACTA All States championship in Wagga Wagga back in May this year, shooting an impressive 76/77 targets, Max and four other men were selected to represent their country.
A very humble man, Max has spent over half his life shooting in the local area and has spent time as the president of the Inverloch Gun Club.
“I spent four years as president of the Inverloch Gun Club but I’ve been shooting for over 30 years.”
Max has also been credited with helping the local youths in the area, encouraging them to get into shooting and finding a passion or hobby in their lives.
He’s planned hunting trips for young people who may be going through difficult periods in their lives, and to help them share in his passion.
Competing in the AA open age team, which is considered to be the best of the best shooters in the Skeet category, Max leaves for New Zealand mid-week to get some last minute practice in before the big competition.
The five man team is made up of Max, three Victorians and one New South Welshman; Michael Buttigieg, Dave O’Sullivan, Malcom Briggs and Nathan Campbell.
The competition is running from November 25 to 26 at Balfour Gun Club in New Zealand.
Very much looking forward to taking on our Tras-Tasman cousins, Max laughed and said “I just want to beat those Kiwis”.