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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6273


Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:47): I rise this afternoon to recognise a young sporting achiever in my electorate of Casey. Geoff Aston is a clay target shooter. He is 19 years old and lives in Chirnside Park. He is a member of the Melbourne Gun Club and he first began shooting at the age of 15 when his dad, Steve, introduced him to the sport. He has won a host of local, state and national titles including a hat-trick in the prestigious Mackintosh teams event and he has also been a member of the All Australian trap team three years in a row. His success at this year's national titles in Wagga Wagga secured his place on the team for the World Down The Line clay target championships in Wales in July this year. Geoff will change disciplines after the world titles with the aim of representing Australia at future Olympics. He trains 10 hours a week. He spends $250 a week on clay targets and cases of shells. He is a future sporting champion at Olympic level and I want to pay tribute to him in the House today.