By Lars Dalseide | August 17 2012 10:35

Australia Rifle team to take on Canadian Rifle Championships

Ron Whalen, Captain of the Australian Rifle Team Port Clinton, Ohio - Yesterday marked the end of NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry. Those still stirring round the base included staff, volunteers and much to my surprise — the Australian Rifle Team.

A surprise because it was only that morning I discovered a portion of the team was bunking a few doors down from me. Exchanging pleasantries while they packed the team rental van, I then discovered yet another surprising fact. They were not headed to the airport for the long flight home. No, instead, Captain Ron (pictured above) Aubrey and the rest of the team were about to embark for Ottawa.

Ottawa, Ontario for the 130th Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships at the Connaught Ranges. Nine more days of rifle competition thanks to the good people from the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association. And it couldn't come at a better time.

Following their performance in the America Match, the team appears prime to make their mark during the Canadian Championships. And thanks to Captain Ron Whalen, all the piece will be in place to make it happen.

"They thought we could squeeze everything into a couple of rental cars," laughed Whalen. "See how packed the van is? Awful snug."

Packed is just what Canadian Fullbore promises to be as the Australians will be joined by the Great Britain Rifle Team and others as they vie for another North American rifle trophy.

So if you see them out there on the Connaught Range, don't be afraid to welcome them with an "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!"

Neil Drain of the Australian Rifle team takes aim at Camp Perry

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