In 2009 I literally “stumbled” into the sport after reading an add in the Midlands Meander (a popular KZN tourist destination) magazine) about clay pigeon shooting on a wine estate. I didn’t know what this was, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a try. Needless to say that after the first round of 20 “birds” I was hooked. I feverishly looked for clubs in my area and shot my first two local KZN competition in late 2009/early 2010, followed by the Freestate and Northern Cape Standard Open Championships (all with borrowed shotguns). I then applied for a Hatsan licence and waited 18 months for it. After receiving it, I was unable to shoot for six months due to a back injury.
When I was able to shoot again, I experienced mechanical problems with the brand-new gun (firing pin broke three times in the first four months). After I managed to receive a refund, I applied for a new Berretta licence which I received in May 2012. I then started shooting the circuit (mainly ATA/DTL) and added sporting disciplines in October 2012. In 2013 it emerged that I had a left-handed stock (I am right handed and right eye dominant). After much persuasion of various shooters, I changed to a right-handed stock in August/October 2013 and started from scratch with the new stock, trying to untrain bad habits (still not quite there !)
As at July 2017, I have participated in 26 standard open championships in all provinces, 6 South African Grands, 12 provincial sporting championships and two world championships plus several continental championships.
I have also shot the Texas State Trap Championships and the Grand American in the USA in 2016.
My motto is: as long as it flies and is orange I love it ! Having said that, while I have shot the odd skeet provincial championship and love my ATA doubles, UT is the only discipline which never really got me hooked (so far).
I was Secretary/Treasurer of Riva Valley Club from 2011 to 2013. I resigned and was then appointed as Secretary/Treasurer for the KZNCTSA in 2013. In 2015, I was elected Chairperson of KZNCTSA and re-elected again in 2016 and 2017. I was also elected as the KZN delegate for English Sporting/5 Stand in 2015/16, thus being a member on this CTSASA subcommittee.
I have a passion for and an understanding of the sport and know what is required to run a successful club or association. During the course of my “other work” I have attended a number of MANCO/EXCO/Board meetings over the last 15 years and am valued for my analytical skills as well as my communication skills (over 48 scientific publications) and many conferences and presentations. In addition I have worked with various media (e.g. National Geographic, Discovery Channel etc.).
My goals as a member of the CTSASA EXCO are to bring a fresh approach to both the sport and its administration using my analytical and administrative skills, attention to details and honesty. My German genes want things to run efficiently, with at least two backup plans while I call a spade a spade. I firmly believe in consultation as it is essential – knowledge is empowering people to make informed decisions.