Team Edwards on target

The pair will take part in 30 separate courses of fire being shot over a period of five days.

Father and daughter, Phil and Ashleigh Edwards, are on their way to compete in the 2017 IPSC Handgun World Championships, at the new National Shooting Centre in Chateauroux, France.

The event is held every three years and is the highest level handgun match within the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).

The event consists of 30 separate courses of fire being shot over a period of five days. More than 1500 competitors from over 80 countries will attend the match.

The pair both shoot with a full power .38 super race gun.

Phil has been shooting IPSC for many years, and is heavily involved at his local club in Balaklava.

He has been highly successful in many shooting events, including state and national champion in his category numerous times.

For the fourth time, Phil is representing Australia as a member of the National Open Senior Team.

He was previously on the team in the World Championships held in Greece in 2011, and Florida in 2014 where the team placed third.

In 2013, his team placed first at the Australasian Championships in New Zealand, where he went on to place second individually in the open senior category.

After being involved in a large array of sports over the years, Ashleigh decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and she took up shooting in 2015.

She has moved her way through the ranks fairly quickly and was selected on the South Australian Open Ladies team less than a year after taking up the sport.

To be considered for a national team a person must be an A grade shooter or higher.

Ashleigh is currently in B grade so she will be competing as an independent at the event.

Recently, she has been offered a sponsorship by the renowned American Firearms Company ‘STI International’ and Australian Company ‘Edge Firearm Imports’ which is an unexpected opportunity and a honour. 

IPSC is different from the traditional precision style of pistol shooting as it requires a combination of speed and accuracy with both stationary and moving targets. 

No course of fire is ever the same, and each stage may contain a variety of targets including paper, steel, scoring and penalty targets. 

Competitors must move as fast as possible throughout each stage while maintaining precision and avoiding penalty targets or missing scoring targets. 

After competing, and practicing intensely for the last few months, the father and daughter duo are ready for the difficult competition and stages that await them in France.