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Lower Hutt soldier in Top Shot competition

Corporal Mark Duncan rests on the ranges 200 metre mark after the competition.
Corporal Mark Duncan rests on the ranges 200 metre mark after the competition (WN10-0129-001)

08 June 2010

Former Lower Hutt man and Napier Territorial Force soldier Corporal (Cpl) Mark Duncan has been selected to represent the NZ Army at an international military shooting competition.

Cpl Duncan is a member of 7 Wellington Hawkes Bay Regiment and is the only Territorial Force Soldier in the Army shooting team. Cpl Duncan will travel with the team to compete in the Central Skill at Arms competition (CENTSAM) held at Bisley in the United Kingdom later this month.

“I am very proud to be selected in the NZ Army Shooting Team and look forward to representing NZ in the CENTSAM competition,” says Cpl Duncan.

“I expect the competition to be fierce and hopefully we can hold our own as a team. My goal is to have a top 10 finish amongst individual firers.”

Cpl Duncan was selected as the second Machine Gunner for the team due to good performances with the General Purpose Machine Gun.

He will compete in the machine gun match at CENTSAM as well as the standard rifle matches. Cpl Duncan has been part of an extensive training programme since March, when he was selected for the team.

Over the Queen's Birthday weekend Cpl Duncan took part in a shooting competition against the New Zealand Service Rifle Association (NZSRT) in Waiouru. The competition was conducted in good spirits between both teams with the NZ Army team coming out tops.

Shooting is a core skill all NZ Army personnel require. Soldiers receive basic weapon training from the first day they enlist in the service and continue to build on these skills throughout their career.

It is important that members of the NZ Army are proficient in the use of personal weapons to ensure they can defend themselves and those they are protecting while deployed on operations abroad.

ENDS

For more information and imagery please contact Major Kristian Dunne on (04) 496 0285 or 021 478 574.

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