Karla is a hot shot
KARLA Blowers is a new world champion.
Well, the former Maryborough State High School student may not be a household name but she is now the best in the world when it comes to her class of shooting.
The 25-year-old member of the Tiaro Pistol Club won the open women's title at the 2011 IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) World Shoot in Greece.
Blowers held off the challenge of 51other shooters from throughout the world to win the title by 18 points.
In doing so, she also became the first Australian to win the prestigious title.
IPSC shooting is unlike other shooting disciplines where there are set courses for competitors to take aim at.
No two courses are the same in the world of IPSC.
Because of this, IPSC requires a wide skill set, such as being able to draw from a holster, shoot while moving, shoot moving targets and shoot several targets in a row.
Magazines must be emptied in seconds as competitors strive to combine speed and accuracy.
Results are decided by dividing the total number of points by the time taken by the shooter to complete the course.
Blowers, who has been shooting since she was 11, said it was still sinking in that she was a world champion.
"I had to pinch myself when I was standing on the podium," Blowers, the current champion of four states (Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales), said.
"It felt surreal then and still does.
"I went back to work and they gave me a cake with world champ on - I had to look twice."