IT was a successful Easter weekend for Invercargill clay target shooter Les Hoffman at the FITASC Oceania Championships 2019 held in Brisbane.
Hoffman was one of three New Zealanders in the senior team (56-66 years of age) who placed second in the Sporting Championship of Oceania.
The team scored 503 out of 600 targets between the three of them, beating New Caledonia by 11 targets, while the winning Australian team scored 531.
Hoffman said the competition was close – “nothing was final until the last shot was fired… there were only a few shots between everybody.”
The team placing wasn’t the only success for Hoffman, however, as he also won a cup for second senior for his combined scores in both the FITASC Grand Prix and the Oceania Championships.
Hoffman said his pastor had always told him to “expect the unexpected” – “and to win the cup was completely unexpected and now I know the feeling, it was incredibly humbling”.
Next on the competition list for Hoffman is the Worlds event held at EJ Churchills, Buckinghamshire in England in July, where more than 1000 people are set to compete from over 25 countries.
“I’m looking forward to the whole experience, the atmosphere… [it] will be really tense, everyone will be trying hard,” he said.