Big Shot BJ Back to Defend His Titles
BJ Miles (pictured above) has competed in the Alice Springs Masters Games since its inception in 1986. He was instrumental in establishing the Black Powder competition in 1986. Based in Adelaide BJ competes in shooting competitions all over the world. He is currently on his way to the United States to compete in their National Muzzle Loading Championships and take a few more medals off the Yanks!
You can tell by the picture that BJ has been shooting since the age of 10, he thinks that he was awarded about 17 medals at the last Alice Springs Masters Games. In his own words,
“I don’t mind losing but I’ll make them earn it first!”
He competed in every ASMG up until 2004 when unfortunately he was competing with the National Shooting team in the World Championships and couldn’t get back in time. He returned to the ASMG in 2014 “with a vengeance” taking out all those medals you see in the picture above!
BJ says that he feels like he’s at home in Alice Springs and keeps coming back to the Masters Games for the fun and friendships that he makes. He often gets around to watching other sports and meeting new people and says, “that’s a great part of the Games”.
The Sporting Shooters competition at this year’s Games will be coordinated by Wendy Kittle She will be working alongside Brendan Hall. Wendy has never competed but says “she might shoot this year”.
Wendy says that there are over a dozen events on offer including:
• Muzzle Loading Rifle
• Blackpowder Pistol
• Western Action (SASS)
• Muzzle Loading Shotgun
• Field Rifle & 3 Positional
• Blackpowder Sporting Clays
• Rimfire & Centre Fire – Silhouette
• Blackpowder Cartridge Rifle
• Lever Action Rifle
• Cowboy Lever Action
Camping is available at the Sporting Shooters complex in Ilparpa, 8 minutes drive out of town at a cost of $15 per night with powered sites, showers, toilets and secure storage facilities. Lunch and dinner are served on the range with a special BBQ or roast for the presentation held at the Shooting Complex Clubrooms.
Between 25-30 participants usually compete at the Masters with large groups coming from South Australia and Victoria as well as representatives from New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. Wendy says it’s a great opportunity to learn about the sport;
“There’s always new gear and new rifles. People often borrow guns off one another so that they can try new disciplines. It’s definitely the “Friendly Games”. We aren’t playing for sheep stations here!”
To register for the Sporting – Shooters competition head to /sports/shooting-sporting/