Phil Edwards (far left) with his Australian team mates Craig Ginger, Robert Vlakic and Mathew Workman who took out third place at the World Shoot held in Florida in OctoberPhil Edwards represented Australia for the third time this year, taking part in the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) World Handgun Championships in Florida USA, in October.
The World shoot is the highest level of competition for IPSC shooters with 1455 athletes from 73 countries taking part.
Phil was selected in the Open Senior Division for the IPSC Championships where his team of four shooters finished third in the world, behind USA and Italy.
Individually, Phil finished 20th overall in the Open Senior Division in a pool of 93 shooters.
“It was great to be there as a part of the World Championships,” Phil said.
“Representing Australia and being able to stand on the podium winning a trophy at a World Championship was the highlight of the trip, also it would have to be the highlight of my shooting career.
“Going into the match I knew we had a pretty good team this time and thought we had a good chance of finishing high in the results.
“All three Australian teams, Overall Open, ladies Open & Senior Open all finished in third place in their respective divisions which was a great result.”
Phil previously represented Australia in 2011 at the IPSC World Championships held in Greece, and again in 2013 in the Australasian Championships in New Zealand.
The World Championships are only held once every three years; Phil said if he is still shooting well enough to make the team, he will most likely compete in the next one in France 2017.
This was the first time Phil had travelled to America, where he also had some spare time to see the sites and visit a few places including the Kennedy Space Centre and Universal Studios with his wife, Karin.
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