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Congratulations to the 2014 Queen's Prize Winner Helen Griffiths from the Pacific Rifle Club.

The QRA would like to thank everyone who took part in yet another wildly successful Queen's Prize.

From August 12-16, 300+ people visited Belmont as either volunteers, spectators or, of course, competitors at our 124th Queen's Prize.

Helen Griffiths won her second Qld Rifle Association (QRA) Queen’s Prize, shot over 8 ranges from 300 to 1000 yards.  Helen was the first female winner of the Queensland competition in 1979 and has now won 8 Queen’s Prize events in various states of Australia and Barbados.The final at 1000yards on Saturday was shot in wet conditions with very poor visibility as drizzle, mist and poor light blanketed the range and obscured the view of the targets.  Helen shot a possible 50.4 to beat Jim Jeffery of NSW’s Lyndhurst Rifle Club, in what proved to be a close final with a narrow margin of 296.44 to 296.42. 

Consistently at the top, Ashley Bidgood of Crows Nest came third with 395.48.The trophy presentation later that day was attended by the Queensland Governor, His Excellency Paul De Jersey, who later presented Helen with her No1 badge after witnessing the traditional chairing ceremony, with Helen carried aloft by her Pacific Rifle Club peers. Helen received the most rousing three cheers from the assembled audience.In her speech, Helen mentioned her “disappointment to shoot in the rain after such a clear week of shooting weather” but was elated to have won for her second time under trying conditions.

Another local Queens’ Prize success was achieved by University Rifle Club target shooter, Phil Kraut, who won B Grade ahead of Sharona Muxlow from Natives Rifle Club.In the Standard Scoped Rifle A Grade, George Constantinou achieved a major local win by beating his Natives club mate, Wayne Latham, while Mark Fairbairn of Cannon Hill RSL Rifle Club produced another Scoped Rifle victory in Australia’s newest scoped competition class, “FTR”.