The action at the Wellsford Rifle Range continues through Sunday. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

 

NEARLY 200 top shooters will be in Bendigo this weekend as the Wellsford Rifle Range hosts the annual Queen’s Prize.

This year marks the 143rd staging of the event, which has been held in Bendigo since 1991.

Wellsford is the headquarters of the Victorian Rifle Association, and the shoot is the biggest on the association’s calendar.

The competition kicked off on Wednesday with the prestigious Syme competition before the Queens begins today.

Men and women compete at the same level in target shooting, a sport in which Australia won silver at the recent Commonwealth Games.

“There are shooters coming from all around Australia and also a shooter from the UK,” the VRA’s Nikki Rees said.

“Entries are higher than last year and the age of shooters range from as young as 13 years old (female shooter) with our oldest shooter about to turn 90 in May.”

The Queen’s Prize will be awarded on Sunday by state MP Jacinta Allan.