In 1990 I was shooting IPSC and a friend of mine who shot with me invited me to shoot some clays at the old Maccauw Gun Club. We shot a round or two of ball trap and I was hooked. I bought a shotgun and shot on the odd occasion. It was only in 1992 at the new Maccauw Gun Club that I started shooting a bit more ATA competitively. In 1994 I achieved my National Protea Colours in ATA at the Grand in Dayton Ohio.
After achieving my ATA colours a few of us felt that Skeet looked like a challenge so we asked Dr Alec Kalell to come to Bloemfontein and present a basic skeet course. After the course I was hooked on Skeet and for the next 18 years shot Skeet for the FS team. Over the years I competed at various Provincial and National events collecting a bucket full of medals and a lot of good friends.
Since 1994 I have been involved in the administration of the sport, serving in various capacities on the Maccauw Committee (three years as Chairman) and Free State executive. During this period I was also involved with the administration and running of competitions at the Maccauw Gun Club. For the last two years I have been the FS delegate on the CTSASA executive.
I would like to see an association where all Clay Target Disciplines are represented. I would also like to see an association where members can benefit from training aimed at juniors as well as previously disadvantaged competitors. We also need to put in systems that will encourage more shotgun owners to join the CTSASA and participate in our sport.