Brisbane, Australia - On the right in the "Coach" outfit we see Norman Anderson. Norm is a long range high power shooter for the U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team. Today is a special day for Norm for a few reasons. First, he's in Brisbane for the 2011 World Rifle Championships at the Belmont Rifle Range. Second, he's currently in first place as day three of the National Queen's Prize match is about to begin. Third, it's his birthday ... happy birthday Norm.
The Queen's Prize is a three day match shot at 300, 500 and 600 yards on day one, 500, 800 and 900 yards on day two followed by 900 and 1,000 yards on day three. So far, Norm has yet to drop a shot on any target. But that doesn't mean he's in the clear as there are plenty of competitors nipping at his heels. And then there's the weather.
"It's windy as heck," said fellow Army Reserve Shooting Team member Dave Cloft. "There's been some rain and the forecast calls for more."
Sounds a little like Camp Perry, aye?
Birthday or not, now's the time for Norm to focus. With more than forty shooters within three points of the lead, including 2009 Long Range High Power champ Sherri Gallagher (298-041x), 2010 Long Range High Power winner John Whidden (see below) and Cloft (297-028), he's sure to have his hands full once day three begins.
|The Queen's Prize Match
| ||Norman Anderson|| USA Rifle
| ||David Luckman|| GB Rifle
| ||Petrus Haasbroek|| SA Rifle
| ||Angus Bell|| AUS Rifle
| ||Ben Emms|| Lundhurst
| ||Jim Bailey|| AUS Rifle
| ||John Whidden|| USA Rifle
| ||Mirko Teglasi|| Canada Rifle
| ||Colin Cole|| North Arm
| ||Jim Jeffery|| AUS Rifle