WORKING THROUGH PAIN: Matt Patmore with his latest ribbons from shooting competitions. He says there is still more to achieve. Photo: Toby Vue.Long-time Yass clay target shooter Matt Patmore has added further titles to his list of achievements, overcomingchronic injuriesfrom his 1998 motorcycle accident that continue to plague him during competitions.
The most recent wins came at the NSW Clay Target Association (CTA) State Carnivals in December 2016. Patmore secured the championships in the double rise and single barrel, as well as captainedthe West Wyalong club to a team win.
In August 2016, he was the first non-American and first Australian to win the Grand American National Trap Shoot in Illinois, US. Before that, he was victor in the New Zealand single riser event.He also took out the AA high-gun win at the 2016 Victoria State Trap Carnival in November.
Beating painMatt PatmoreSport helps mental healthWhile the physicalinjuries continue to cause pain every so often, Patmore says clay target shooting alleviates him of mental health issues.
“It’s a mental and creative outlet that allows not only me to move on with my life, but also others in similar situations. When I was in Canberra last time for practice, there were two guys there in wheelchairs—all three of us are from motorbike accidents.”
Patmore said the sport allows them to not be pigeonholed into categories. “We can go to any shooting club and compete, it’s an inclusive sport,” he said.
More to achievePatmore says he still has much more to achieve—a drive that is not merelyfrom the desire for moreribbons, but from a passion for the sportitself. “Toshoot in threecountries—the US, NZ and Australia—and win major titles in each, thatis highly satisfying,” he said.
In the short term, he is preparing for the National Trap Championshipson March 25–April 2 at the National Shooting Grounds in Wagga. “After that, we’ll keep on going to more competitions.”
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