Mungindi shooter Jack Picton wins NSW under-18s Champion of Champions title

SHARPSHOOTER: Mungindi's Ben Picton won the title of the NSW under-18s Champion of Champions at just 13 years old.
SHARPSHOOTER: Mungindi's Ben Picton won the title of the NSW under-18s Champion of Champions at just 13 years old.

Mungindi shooter Jack Picton is aiming high after being crowned the under-18s NSW Champion of Champions last month.

Picton travelled down to Sydney on his birthday on July 6 with father Ben - who is a current member of the Australian rifle team that won the Long Range World Championships earlier this year - to compete in his first state championships.

Fullbore shooting involves long range target shooting from a prone position from between 300 to 1000 yards using only a peep sight.

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At just 13 years of age, he was up against three much older shooters shooting over distances of 500, 600, 700 and 800 metres.

Picton beat out some very strong competition to take out the title by nine points, which father Ben said was a very big win.

"The other three competitors are actually Australian under-21 team members," he said.

"He was over the moon to say the least."

Picton only started competing in the sport around six months ago, but it runs deep in his family, being a fourth generation shooter.

Ben believes he's got a really bright future, as long as "he keeps his head right."

"He's very dedicated. He's had a lot of training," he said.

"Him and I would do five or six hours a week training in the shed on our computerised shooting program.

"Most Sundays we will shoot at the Mungindi Rifle Club."

Picton will now look ahead to a number of regional competitions, starting with a shoot at Goondiwindi on the Father's Day weekend, as well as a competition in Coonabarabran on the October long weekend.

In a further achievement at such a young age, he has also been invited to trial for the NSW under-25s team.