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Acoustic target shooting star needs our help

Rhonda McCaw and her guide dog, Shelly.

Shooting for Olympic glory: Rhonda McCaw and her guide dog, Shelly.

Rhonda McCaw has been legally blind since birth.

A Macarthur resident for most of her life, she has diplomas in social welfare and health science.

Rhonda is very active, volunteering in her community and also helps promote and advocate the rights of people with disabilities.

She is also a very talented athlete and has set a goal to successfully compete at the Paralympics.

It did not take long for Rhonda to find out she had a bent for acoustic target shooting after being introduced to the sport in 2016.

Blind vision impaired acoustic target shooting is very big in Europe with at least 10 countries competing against one another regularly.

The Europeans have lobbied the International Paralympic Committee for it to be included as a demonstration sport in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

The realistic expectation is for it to be included as a competitive sport in the 2024 Paralympics.

Rhonda McCaw was a member of a blind vision impaired target shooting group which competed against the European countries earlier this year.

Rhonda finished in fifth place – an impressive performance for a newcomer to the sport.

She has now set her aim on the 2019 World Target Shooting Championships to be held at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park, where acoustic target shooting will be part of the competition.

With a lot of high tech equipment required, acoustic target shooting is an expensive sport.

To help Rhonda reach her goals the Macarthur community is being asked to help her raise funding.

A trivia night will be held on Saturday, October 13, 6:30pm for 7pm start in the Camden RSL Youth Club, Cawdor Road, Camden.

Tickets are just $20 per person and there will be lots of fun, including raffles, lucky door prizes, sausage sizzle and soft drinks sales, tea and coffee plus BYO.

For more info or to book a table Karen on 0408 239 190, email or visit the Rhonda McCaw, Macarthur Regions’ next Paralympian Facebook page.




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