England in sights for hot shots
GILLIAN Webb-Enslin was born into a world of rifles.
Not only was the 42-year-old born and raised in a country ravaged by civil war, Zimbabwe, but she also reckons she was almost born with a gun in her hand as her mother was a talented competition shooter and still shot while she was pregnant.
Being a top shot must be in the blood because that’s what Webb-Enslin has turned out to be.
Before arriving in Australia 10 years ago, she represented Zimbabwe and also won two Zimbabwean President’s prizes.
The mother of two didn’t stop shooting when she arrived in Queensland either.
She’s now a Queensland and Australian representative.
Her class was there for all to see in Tasmania at the weekend after she won the Tasmanian Target Rifle Shooting Grand Championships.
To make it a double celebration for her family on the Apple Isle, her husband and fellow shooter, Darren, finished fifth.
Although the titles were an individual event, the couple’s impressive performance saw them selected in the Australian team to contest the World Long Range Rifle Championships in Brisbane next year.
The pair will be in action for Australia before then when they shoot in the prestigious Queens competition in England in July.
Webb-Enslin said she was thrilled with her performance on her first trip to Tasmania.
“You could say conditions varied a lot,” she laughed.
“The wind was so strong at times that it blew the bullets way out of the target centre.”
While she was the one who pulled the trigger, Webb-Enslin said it was her husband who played a leading role in her success.
“He’s the one who maintains my equipment and accurately reloads my ammunition,” she said.
“I just make him cups of tea.”