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Glen Hayden

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Inducted into the ACTA Hall of Fame: 2013
Handicap - National Champion 2001. Victorian State Champion 1993.
Double Barrel - National Champion 2000, 2012, 2013. National Runner Up - 1990, 1995. New Zealand National Runner Up - 2009. Victoria State Champion 1994, 1997, 2000, 2007. Queensland State Champion 2009. South Australia State Champion 2004, 2005, 2006.
Single Barrel - Victoria State Champion 1994. NSW State Champion 2000.
Points Score - National Champion 2000. New Zealand National Runner Up 2001, 2010. Victoria State Champion 1999.
Double Rise - National Champion 2006, 2010. New Zealand National Champion 2009, 2010. New Zealand National Runner Up 2001.
Champion of Champions - New Zealand National Runner Up 2010. Victoria State Champion 2002.
Team High Gun - National Runner Up 1997, 2004, 2006. Victoria THG 1993, 1998.
High Gun - National Champion 2010. National Runner Up 2006, 2007. New Zealand National Champion 2009, 2010, 2012. Victoria State High Gun 1993, 2000. South Australia State High Gun 2005, 2006.

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David O'Sullivan

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Inducted to the Skeet Hall of Fame: 2019

National Titles - 9
National runner ups - 10
State titles - 26
All Australian Teams - 8
Trans Tasman Teams - 6
AA Elite Number - 3
Grand Slam Awarded - 2016
2 Adrian Cousens medals - 2013, 2016
5 Glenn Trophy Teams
4 World Teams
10 Victorian Postal Teams
7 Victorian Shoulder to Shoulder Teams

2000 – Australian 20g Runner Up
2001 – Australian Doubles Runner Up
2002 – Australian 20g Runner Up
2007 – Victorian .410
2010 – Australian 20g Runner Up, Tasmanian 12g, Tasmanian High Gun, NSW 28g
2011 – SA High Gun, Australian High Gun Runner Up, NZ 12g Runner Up
2012 – Victorian 12g, Victorian Handicap, SA 20g, SA Doubles, SA High Gun, WA 12g, Australian High Gun, Qld 12g, Qld High Gun, Australian Champion of Champions
2013 – NZ Doubles Runner Up, NZ .410 Runner Up
2014 – Victorian 12g, NSW 20g, NZ Doubles, NZ National 28g
2015 – Victorian 20g, Victorian High Gun, Victorian 12g, Victorian .410, NSW Doubles, Tasmanian 20g, Tasmanian 12g, Tasmanian High Gun, NZ 12g, NZ High Gun Runner Up
2016 – Victorian 20g, Australian 12g
2017 – Victorian 20g, Victorian High Gun, Australian 20g, Australian 12g, Australian High Gun Runner Up, NZ Handicap

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Violet 'Tim' Reade

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ACTA Club: Werribee Gun Club
Preferred Discipline: DTL - Single or Double
Age Started Clay Target Shooting: 25
Years Clay Target Shooting: 65
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Other Personal Info: I started shooting when I was 25 years old. My husband was a shooter and talked me into it. I started at the old Coburg Gun Club in 1948. My gun was a side by side hammer gun. Browning over and under, it was great to use. It took awhile but finally George Biggs sold it to me and he ironed out alot of faults I had so it did not take me long to go from 12 yards to 22 yards. He said it was the first time a women had done it. Open competition was great. I did well in in Skeet Tower mixed bird down the line in double and single. Double with my husband, I did not see many women shooting, I think the fact they did not have events for women helped them out. My husband (Bill Jones) had to give up shooting as he was a very sick man and he was only 48 when he died. He was the one that made me love shooting. He also taught me how to run our engine works. I ran it and then retired but kept on with my shooting. The Shepparton Gun Club put on a womens double barrel commonwealth shoot, 40 targets from 20 metres and I won 37/40. It was great to see all the women there. Looking for a lady shooter to nominate for the Hall of Fame, a first for women in clay target shooting and it has been a great honour for me being inducted into the ACTA Hall of Fame in 2010. The women shooters today are doing a great job. My shooting days are over being in my 90's but I would love to still be in it. I married again, hence the name Reade but 'Tim' is still my nick name. Good shooting to all.


Russell Mark (OAM)

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Year inducted into the ACTA Hall of Fame: 2009

Born 25 February 1964 in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia. 

Olympic Games
Olympic Gold medal - 1996 Atlanta in Double Trap
Olympic Silver medal - 2000 Sydney in Double Trap
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal - 2006 Melboburne in Double Trap
Bronze medal - 2010 Delhi in Double Trap

Russell has competed at six Olympic Games 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012. With his win in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Russell became the first shotgun shooter in the history of the sport to win all four of the worlds major individual titles: World Cup, World Cup Final, World Championship and Olympic Games. After the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he completed the set of silver medals in all four majors as well.

Russell is a dual World individual Champion (1994, 1994) and dual World team Champion (1998, 1999). He won individual World Cup gold medals in Los Angeles, USA (1991) this was the first ever World cup individual gold medal by an Australian in any shooting discipline, Lonato, Italy (1992), Munich, Germany (1994), Lima, Peru (1999), Sydney, Australia (2000) and Perth, Australia (2003). At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne he won the gold medal in the men's Double Trap.

In August 2007, in Munich, Germany, the International Shooting Sports Federation inducted him into its Hall of Fame as the greatest Double Trap shooter of all time. In 1997 Russell was honoured with the Order of Australia medal for his services to sport.

As well as Russell's six Olympic appearances he has also contested a total of six Commonwealth Games 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. He competed in the open individual ISSF World Championships on 22 occasions. This is a record for any Australian shotgun athlete. Russell retired from international competition at the 2014 ISSF World Championship in Spain.

Throughout Russell's shooting career, his achievements are extensive and just to name a few, he was the first to achieve a break over 1,000 targets in September 1992 at Tamworth, NSW. He finished the competition with 1177 hits in a row breaking the Australian record set by himself in January 1992 of 859 targets. In 1997 he won the men's Double Trap World Championship in Peru with a new World Record. Russell is also a well known professional coach.

When Russell was inducted into the Australian Clay Target Association's Trap Hall of Fame, he was the youngest ever inductee at the age of 45 years.

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Charles Bernard Meadway - known as Barney

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Charles Meadway was born 16 October 1879 at Dunedin, New Zealand. Died - 1 January 1962 at the age of 82 years at Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia.

Charles and his family moved to Australia in 1885 when he was six years old. They lived in Bendigo and then Wangaratta. He was the only son of James Charles Meadway and his wife Lily. He had five sisters. His father died in 1889 after only four years after migrating to Australia and so Barney was left to assist with looking after the family. His early life was as a painter in Wangaratta. He was very athletic and his interests were shooting and football. He enjoyed playing football as a teenager in Wangaratta.

In 1902, Barney enlisted into the 6th Australian Commonwealth horse Battalion on April 26, 1902, when he was 22 years old. He enlisted to serve in the Boer war. However the war ended a month after him joining. He then returned to Wangaratta where he continued to work as a painter and station hand for the next four years.

In 1906, Barney moved to Melbourne and played his one only game of football for Carlton and in 1907 he played for Collingwood. He played rounds 9-11. His time with Collingwood was brief and he was content to head back to the land to concentrate on playing bush football and his shooting.

Before his first Collingwood game, he had been the star of the Wangaratta Easter 'Sparrow Shoot', with the local newspaper saying he had "established a world record, shooting 108 birds without a break".

In 1908 he returned to Wangaratta and was able to find employment as a Station Manager and was very successful in this role.

On September 13, 1915 he joined the Australian Expeditionary Forces with the army and served in World War I with distinction. As a result of his considerable experience as a Station Manager he was promoted to Sergeant prior to embarking for Egypt in November that year. This time he would get to fight abroad that had eluded him more than a decade ago. He was assigned to the AIF Remount unit, whose primary task was the provision, upkeep and transport of thousands of horses vital to the mounted forces and supply lines of ANZAC forces in the deserts of the Middle East. When the war ended in 1918, the huge task of dismantling an army and repatriating thousands of men to their homeland began. Barney stayed on in Europe until July 1919 before heading back to Australia. After the army, Barney led a very successful business life as both a manager and investor. His success allowed him to travel extensively in pursuit of his interests. Barney married Ellen May Shiell in 1937 at the age of 58 years and have no known children.

Barney's shooting career started as a teenager and competed in his first competition at Wangaratta in the late 1890's. He competed regularly in his own district for the next few years gaining experience before commencing his many visits to the famous Melbourne Gun Club in the early 1900's. Barney won regularly through the period 1905 to 1915 but his attention was divided between shooting and football and as a consequence he struggled to win a major championship.

During the first World War he was stationed in Egypt where he was able to pursue his trap shooting, by the time he returned to Australia, trap shooting was his passion. His football career was over and he was dedicated, so he moved to Melbourne and he practiced and competed regularly. He shot regularly against the great Calrossie. He won his first Australian championship in 1920, the first of his six Australian live bird championships. He won the premier live target event, the Australian Pigeon championship three times, 1922, 1927 and 1929.

In 1926, the Melbourne Gun Club held a Handicap with a prize value of $5,000. Reported at the time to be the biggest event outside of Monte Carlo. Shooters from thoughout the world attended and Barney rose to the occasion by splitting the winnings. He represented Australia at the World Championships in Monte Carlo in 1926, 1927 and 1928 and although he wasn't able to win the world championship he was one of the top money winners in each of the three years. In 1928 he went on a world shooting tour which included shooting in England, France, Italy and Monte Carlo with Calrossie and Bill Downie, the other two great Australian trap shooters of the time. Throughtout his career, Barney won more than 50 major championships.

In 1942 at the age of 63 years he won his last major championship, the Commonwealth Mixed Bird event at the old Melbourne Gun Club and subsequently retired from the sport. He was a great story teller and was keen to tell of past stories of some of the greatest shooters of our sport to anyone who would listen. A lot was not written back in the early days but he loved to portray the characters and events that occured in his generation.


April 2024 CTSN

On the cover: Antopny Ballarino, 2024 ACTA Overall National Skeet High Gun Champion

Inside this month's edition

ACTA Chairman’s Report
Shooters Travelling to Northern Territory Take Note
ACTA National Skeet Carnival
ACTA National Skeet Hall of Fame Dinner
Waratah Notes
Paris Olympic Shotgun Team Support on the Mark
National Shotgun Team Announcement
2024 Warrnambool Seaside Carnival
19th Golden Crow 2 Day Championships
Psychological Skills for Shooting
Down the Barrel
‘Around the Traps’ Shooting in Tasmania
ACTA New Members
Norfolk Island International Clay Target Championships
Break Badges
Shoot Calendar
Annual Glen Innes Sapphire Shoot
Fimac Fantastic at Bega
Points Score, Double Barrel at Maryborough
Annual Registration & Club Membership Application

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