Grandson makes it a family tradition

IT is not often that a grandson starts a family tradition, but that is exactly what happened with the Jones family.

Eben Jones, of Little Swanport, began clay target shooting when he was 12.

His grandfather, Ray Jones, had taken him to his first shoot, despite never shooting himself.

"I started taking him to shoots when he was 12 1/2," Mr Jones, of Triabunna, said.

"I thought it was such a great sport and I met a few people ... and then got involved. So my grandson got me into it."

It has been two years since Mr Jones took up the sport and his son Michael - Eben's father - has taken it up too.

The trio competed in the 2013 state clay target championships at Evandale yesterday.

"My grandson's probably the best shooter, but he's just in a bit of a slump at the moment," Mr Jones said.

"We didn't shoot too good this year in the championships, but that's the way it goes.

"But my son [Michael] got second [in the point score], so he's got bragging rights in the family today."

Mr Jones said it was the challenge of shooting and the fun of it that kept his family passionate about the sport.

"You've got to concentrate on everything you do and have self-discipline," he said.

"And you get to meet a lot of good people."

About 200 shooters from across Australia competed in the championships, which started on Saturday and finished yesterday.

•Championship results: Page 32.

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