The 2014 World senior down the line trap shooting champion Jon Beddis will seek to add another global title to his collection as the Kiwi targets victory at the World Masters Games 2017.
Last year Beddis secured the biggest victory of his career by taking the world title on home ground in Hamilton and the 45-year-old hopes the shooting at World Masters Games - to be staged at the Waitemata Clay Target Club - will also bring the Huntly Gun Club member more success.
“I registered interest in the event six to eight months ago, the event will be great and it is even better it is on my door step,” adds Beddis. “I know the venue well and I’ve had quite a bit of success there over the years. I’m looking forward to competing in down the line and giving it a go.”
First introduced to clay target shooting aged ten by his father, Jon instantly fell in love with the sport and particularly down the line – a version of clay target shooting popular in Commonwealth countries in which men and women compete together and aim to record the highest score firing at 300 clay birds across three days.
Beddis quickly discovered a natural flair for the sport and has gone on to enjoy huge domestic success in the sport - securing his first national title in his late teens.
“I love the people, the competition and the camaraderie not just around the club but all across the country,” he says of the sport of shooting. “They are a great bunch of people.”
Beddis has also tried his hand at the double trap - an Olympic event - finishing in the top 15 in a World Cup event in 2003, but down the line has always been his number one passion and last year he secured double gold when the World Championships were staged in Hamilton just 30km south of his home town of Huntly.
The flame haired Beddis excelled on home soil claiming the individual title with 895 out of 900 and also helped New Zealand clinch team gold in the event for the first time.
“There were more than 600 competitors in Hamilton, so to come away and win an individual and a team medal is something I will never forget,” adds Beddis, whose two children, Mitchell, 18, and Grace, 16, also compete, the former already a winner of a North Island title.
Practising every weekend, Beddis describes “concentration” and a “keen eye” as the key attributes to making a good shooter and next year he fully intends to try and defend his world crown in Ireland.
Beyond that the electrician’s main focus will be the World Masters Games 2017, where he will be eligible to compete in the 40-49 age group.
“It would be lovely to come away with a medal but I’d be pleased with a top five or top ten finish,” he adds.