LEARNING FROM THE BEST: World champion shooter John Radford gives some tips to South African Chris Jansen Van Vuuren. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
LEARNING FROM THE BEST: World champion shooter John Radford gives some tips to South African Chris Jansen Van Vuuren. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Radford retires with a bang

COFFS Harbour's John Radford announced his retirement after he helped inspire the Australia A team to a bronze medal in the World WRABF Heavy Rimfire Championships held in Brisbane.

After a mediocre start to the tournament, a motivational talk prior to the last card of the match resulted in a vastly improved showing as the team leapt from eighth place to finish third.

Radford produced the best Australian result in this event with a credible fifth placing from 75 competitors representing 13 countries.

His last ever card in competition was a "perfect" 250 / 250 with 17X shot in very tricky conditions.

"It's very gratifying to exit the sport having shot a perfect score 250 card in my last ever competition," Radford said.

Radford announced his retirement from all competitive sport due to ongoing health reasons. He retires as the undefeated world champion and triple world record holder in WBSF rimfire benchrest shooting competition. It is widely regarded his records will never be broken.

Finland dominated the event to fill first, second and third, with Tommi Koppi taking the gold medal.

Koppi paid Radford a huge compliment, saying he was proud to emulate Radford's 2014 world championship wins in France.

In recent times Radford has stepped up his voluntary coaching efforts and this week the Coffs SSAA allowed him to use the Dairyville range to give free coaching sessions to visiting South African shooter Chris Jansen Van Vuuren.

Van Vuuren showed noticeable improvement from Radford's coaching and said he was very impressed with the beautiful rainforest setting of the range and by the way the local club had respected nature.

Despite retiring, Radford will continue coaching regional shooters on the Dairyville SSAA range for advanced and also improving shooters.

Radford will the attend the Grafton leg of the "8 Club" Rimfire Series Shoot this Sunday on the Full Bore range.

"I want to thank the members of the Grafton Club who were instrumental in raising funds making it possible for me to compete in France in 2014," he said.



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