BLAST OFF: Father Lincoln Hall and his son Damon are preparing for the start of the state titles today, hosted by Fraser Coast Sporting Clays.
BLAST OFF: Father Lincoln Hall and his son Damon are preparing for the start of the state titles today, hosted by Fraser Coast Sporting Clays. Valerie Horton

Young Damon is a smash hit

HAVING found his calling in sporting clays, Damon Hall is quickly making his mark in the sport - and is having a blast while doing it.

The Takura youngster joined the Fraser Coast Sporting Clays with his father Lincoln three months ago.

Considered a natural in the internationally recognised competitive sport, the 13-year-old is now eyeing his first Queensland Sporting Clays Association state titles, which start today at the Churchill Mine Rd shooting complex in Dundathu.

Speaking ahead of his toughest challenge to date, the budding marksman said he was keen to put on a good show.

"It's a bit scary, but good at the same time and it's going to be good fun," he said.

"You're facing some people who are the best in Australia."

Damon was introduced to sporting clays through his father, who figured the sport would be a good father-son

activity they could share.

It takes years of hard work, a sharp eye and a steady hand to consistently be able to hit flying clay targets, but in the short amount of time Damon has been shooting, he has shown he has the potential to go a long way.

In just his third shoot, the Urangan State High School student took out a handicap trophy and is now giving some of the older shooters, including his dad, a run for their money.

"He's got a good eye," Lincoln said of his son.

"But it's a lot of fun and definitely a big learning curve.

"It takes a lot of practise, like getting the right angles and it's very challenging."

Damon said it was a great thrill firing a double barrel shotgun and trying to beat his own scores.

He aims to break more than 12 out of 25 targets, but his best was 19.

Even though in the early stage of his career, Damon believed he could go far in the sport, saying the key for him was not setting the bar too high too early.

"I am surprised by how well I've been going," he said.

"It would be nice to have more competition around my age.

"But dad and I are both enjoying it and it's a good experience."

The Queensland Sporting Clays Association state titles are on today and tomorrow.



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