19 Jan 2014

Te Puke woman national rifle champ

8:46 am on 19 January 2014

A Te Puke woman has for the third time won New Zealand's oldest sporting trophy at the National Rifle Shooting Championships held in the Hutt Valley.

The Ballinger Belt was first contested in 1873.

The competition started with qualifying on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from which the top 16 shot off 900 yards at the Trentham rifle range Saturday afternoon.

Dianne Collings from Te Puke won the belt for the third time, while Ross and Kevin Win came in second and third.

Championship manager Alan Whiteman says the Trentham course is world renowned because of the wind which can make shooting unpredictable.

He says this year's competition included shooters from Malaysia, Britain, Australia and the United States.