Clay Target Shooting
Clay Target Shooting at PNBHS is a small but enthusiastic group. We cater for everyone from the person wanting to get a little better at duck shooting, through to the seriously competitive young man. Students can do as much, or as little, of this sport as they wish.
We are very lucky to have the support and facilities of the Palmerston North Gun Club and master coach Mr Gordon MacPhee - who is nationally recognised and does a wonderful job with our boys.
PNBHS has consistently produced very competitive and well respected Clay Target Shooting teams. In recent years our senior teams and individuals have been very successful with numerous island and national titles.
The main school season operates from May until October, but students can shoot in the club circuit all year round. Parents are welcome to join and become involved, so it is also a great way for parents to join in a sporting code with their sons. During the school season we run a training / coaching session at least twice a month with either club or school competition shoots on every Sunday.
New shooters are required to attend a safety and introduction meeting, followed by an introduction shoot at the Palmerston North Gun Club, then technical coaching with Mr Gordon MacPhee. After the establishment of safety expectations and initial instruction, students can attend regular training sessions and club shoots. Once they have completed these steps, they are welcome to join the Palmerston North Gun Club and attend club shoots as well as PNBHS coaching/training sessions. It is hoped that keener first year boys will work their way into the school teams which compete in the Lower and Central North Island Secondary School Series. Senior teams will also compete at 'Super 8', North Island and National Secondary School championships.
Our A team has placed in the top five teams nationally ( against approximately 60 teams ) consistently over last five years. This includes twice being National Secondary School Champions. We have also won, or placed second, at the North Island Championships three times in that period.
It is not unusual for individual PNBHS shooters to gain national success.
In recent years PNBHS shooters have gained national honours being selected for both the New Zealand Under 21 'Trap' team and the Under 18 'Skeet' team.
A PNBHS shooter has even earned a place in New Zealand Open 'Trap' team while still at school.