Rifle Shooting

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Rifle Shooting teaches discipline, team-work and self-confidence. Students are given the opportunity to compete in individual and team competitions to represent the school as part of the AAGPS. The Sydney High School Rifle Club is the oldest sport in the school, being established in 1883. It is one of the only sports which runs in both the summer and winter sport seasons. Students can elect to participate in one season or both. Rifle shooting consists of two programs: smallbore and fullbore.

The smallbore program is the first stage of training for all new shooters. Students must be over 12 years of age by their first training session and their parents are required to complete paperwork before students can participate. No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided for students to use. New shooters are strictly supervised on a one to one basis by a licensed adult coach. Once the new shooters are demonstrating safe and confident handling of the equipment, a Minor’s Permit testing session will be run. Shooters who obtain their Minor’s Permit are closely coached by staff and all operations are overseen by a qualified range officer.

Smallbore takes place each Saturday at the Sydney International Shooting Centre, Cecil Park and teaches new students the basics of shooting. This world class indoor venue features electronic targets which provide our shooters with immediate feedback on their shooting. We are currently expanding our range of smallbore competitions against the other GPS schools that train at the venue. If a student shows promising skill, commitment and enthusiasm, they may then be selected to move into the fullbore program.

The fullbore program takes place at longer outdoor ranges from 300m to 800m. The fullbore squad usually consists of about twenty shooters who train at the ANZAC Rifle Range, Malabar each Saturday. This squad trains in fullbore from the beginning of the year until the GPS competition in July whilst the remainder of the year is dedicated to advanced smallbore training sessions. The fullbore team competes in several external competitions and camps around the state in preparation for the GPS competition.

Rifle Shooting at High has had a very successful history, especially in recent years. Some of our recent accomplishments are listed below.

Year Accomplishment
2020 GPS 1st Grade Premiers, GPS 2nd Grade Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Prorak Trophy
2019 Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Prorak Trophy, ANZAC Shield Match
2018 Prorak Trophy
2017 Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Prorak Trophy
2016 GPS 1st Grade Premiers, GPS 2nd Grade Premiers, Smallbore Tank Shell Match and Prorak Trophy
2015 GPS 2nd Grade Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match, Smallbore Tank Shell Match and Prorak Trophy
2014 GPS 2nd Grade Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match, Smallbore Tank Shell Match and Prorak Trophy
2013 GPS 2nd Grade Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Smallbore Tank Shell Match
2012 GPS 1st Grade Co-Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Prorak Trophy
2009 GPS 1st Grade Co-Premiers, Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match and Prorak Trophy
2003 GPS 1st Grade Premiers
2001 GPS 1st Grade Champions and Prorak Trophy

 

2009 GPS Co-premiers
Brendan Leo scores near-perfect 50.8  The GPS Shoot, Hornsby Rifle Range