RECORD-BREAKER: Bendigo’s Geoff Grenfell is chaired into the presentation area after winning his sixth Victorian Queen’s Prize event at the Wellsford Rifle Range at the weekend. Picture: BRAD SANDLANT
BENDIGO’S Geoff Grenfell shot his way to an historic win at the weekend by claiming a record sixth Victorian Queen’s Prize title at the Wellsford Rifle Range.
By winning for a sixth time, Grenfell has surpassed the long-standingVictorian Queen’s Prizerecord of five that had been set by legendary Sport Australia Hall of Fame member Percy Pavey before he equalled it with his fifth win last year.
Grenfell, 54, successfully defended his title from last year on Sunday, winning the Queen’s Prize with a score of 397.47 out of 400 over distances of 300, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 and 1000 yards during the three-day event.
“I’m still shooting as good as ever and amrapt to have won a sixth Victorian Queen’s Prize,” Grenfell said on Wednesday.
“Bendigo is one of the toughestranges in our country with the heat, mirages and wind conditions, so to win here againI’m very proud.”
As well as winning the Victorian Queen’s Prize at the weekend, Grenfelltook out the grand aggregate title, which also takes into account the two-day lead-up Syme Aggregate competition, in which he was runner-up.
While Grenfell can’t recall all six years he has won the Victorian Queen’s Prize, the first was in 1991 when it was held at the Wellsford Rifle Range for the first time.
In total throughout his 26-year shooting career, Grenfell has won 14 Queen’s Prize events across the country, including the past three National Queen’s Prize competitions.
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