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Robyn hits the target in women's year

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WEDNESDAY 6 AUGUST, 1973 NO. 52/75


Hitting the target for the fair sex in International

year is Private Robyn Cathcart, 22, a member of the Royal Australian Army Corps.

For Robyn, of Cessnock, NSW, but formerly of Roma, making a name for herself with a .762mm service rifle the marksmen of the Infantry Centre at Singleton, NSW, where she is employed as a draughtswoman.

She was one of four Array girls at Singleton who competed for a place in the unit rifle team against 52 men ranging from veterans with years of experience to young soldiers with less than 12 months service. .

In such competition, and in difficult conditions on the

range, Robyn shot herself into second place with a score of 168 out of 200, one point behind the winner.

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Since then as a member of the Infantry Centre's team, she competed against BHP at Newcastle and topped the rapid

shooting section with a score of 40 out of a possible 50.

Robyn also entered the 2nd Military District Queen's

Medal elimination shoot and in a field of 176 competitors, finished in 26th place.

Robyn joined the Army two-and-a-half years ago but , , .ยท

although she has had .previous experience with a small bore sporting rifle - at 13 she was Junior Roma Champion in the Sporting

Women's Women's

Q1d, is amongst

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Shooters of Australia competition - she did not start shooting a heavy service self-loading rifle until three months ago.

"The biggest difficulty I had was getting used to open sights as previously I had used only telescopic sights" she said. "The weight of the rifle and the recoil was also a bit difficult to get used to and I found that my arms were shorter than those of the men".

The problem of Robyn's shorter arms is being taken care of and a model of the SLR with a shorter butt is being obtained for her.

Apart from her shooting, Robyn leads a fairly active

life and her other hobbies are long distance running and martial arts. "


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