Junior Development

New Zealand UNDER 21 & Under 25 Pathway to the World Long Range Championships 2019

Junior/Age Group Development

New Zealand Under 25 and Under 21 Teams for World Championships 2019.

The World Long Range Target Rifle Championships are being held on the Trentham Rifle Range, New Zealand, Starting in late January 2019. They will not be in New Zealand for at least another 24 years.

It is the intention of NRANZ to have an Under 21 and an Under 25 team to contest the World Championship Matches in these age groups.

• Age Eligibility. Team members must be under 21 years old or under 25 years old for their respective teams on the day of the competition, 3rd February 2019.
• Both teams are competing at the same time.
• Each team comprises up to 8 members. One team member will be named as Captain. Five shooters are required on match day.
• Each team also has a manager who is not required to be under the age limit.
• All team members are eligible and encouraged to compete in all of the associated individual events of the NZ National Championships and the World Long Range Championships. There are World Individual titles too.
• Final selection of the teams will be made in 2018 by the end of the 2017/18 season.

NRANZ will be holding a number of training weekends prior to the final selection of the teams. Any shooters that will be eligible to compete are encouraged to attend the training weekends. Your current level of ability is not important, just the desire to be in the teams, to train and to do well.

If you do not shoot Smallbore, you are encouraged to do so as it is good training and skill development. If you do not even shoot a long range target rifle, but have some target shooting experience and would like to be involved, now is the time to jump in.  At the Under 21 level especially, there are plenty of opportunities.  At the last two World Championships, 2011 Brisbane, and 2015 USA, we have only had an Under 25 team, but have had shooters as young as 16 in the team.

There may be some financial assistance available but the amount is limited so the costs will be your own.  For the training weekends cost equalisation is used to ensure the costs of travel are evened out. 

If you are interested in being involved and trying to make one of the teams please contact the NRANZ Secretary at or Malcolm Dodson, Junior Development Coach at 0276522640 or 035705542


New Zealand Under 25 Pathway to the World Long Range Championships 2015

It is the intention of the National Rifle Association of New Zealand to have an Under 25 Team competing at the World Long Range Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA in August / September 2015.

  • To be eligible team members must be under the age of 25 years on the day of the competition.
  • The team comprises a captain, 5 shooters, one reserve, a wind coach, and a manager.  The manager may be over the age of 25.
  • The teams match comprises 10 shots at 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards by the 5 shooters.
  • All team members are eligible to compete as individuals in the ICFRA World Long Range Championships and other associated events.
  • The New Zealand Under 25 Team will be selected at the end of the 2013/2014 shooting season.

NRANZ plans to hold training weekends for all under 25 shooters.  At times, these will be held in conjunction with training weekends for the open team members.

If you have ambition to be a member of the 2015 NZ Under25 Rifle Team there are some things you need to do. Even if you do not aim to make this team you are most welcome to attend the build-up training weekends.

  • Contact the NRANZ secretary at and/or the NZ U25 Coach Malcolm Dodson at and make it known you wish to join the training programme.
  • There will be three training weekends during the 2013/2014 season. The first and third are in conjunction with those training for the NZ Open Team to attend the World Championships.
  • The first training weekend is the 5th - 7th October 2013 at Trentham.
  • The second training weekend is 6th - 8th December at Trentham, this weekend is in conjunction with the long range and the 1000 yard regional championship events.
  • The third training weekend is also being used as a selection trial for the Open and U25 Teams and will be held 15th - 17th March 2014 at Trentham.
  • Start saving money or fundraising. There will some funding available but the larger portion of your costs will be self-funded. A firm indication of actual costs should be available by the October training weekend.
  • If you do not shoot smallbore in the off season you should consider doing so. Smallbore provides a great training platform for outdoor shooting.

NRANZ has a budget for Under 25 shooter training and development. Generally the training weekends are run at a low cost to Under 25 participants.

At the 2011 World Championships in Brisbane, two NZ Under 25 Team members were also in the Open Team. There is no reason that a number of Under 25 Team members will not also be selected in the NZ Open Team when the teams for the 2015 USA event are announced.

Malcolm Dodson
Junior Development Coach

April 2013


NZNRA Junior Development Programme, 2011/2012 Season

NRANZ acknowledges the generous assistance given our Junior programme by SPARC through the avenues of the New Zealand Shooting Federation (NZSF).

The junior development programme for shooting season 2010/2011 was focused on getting an NRANZ Under 25 Team to the World Long Range Championships in Brisbane October 2011.

The development work done with the NRANZ World Long Range Under 25 squad will form the template for an ongoing development programme. This programme is aimed at the junior or starting level young and new members of either Target Rifle and or F Class shooters.

The 2011 / 2012 shooting season will see three training weekends held throughout the country for junior shooters. Due to the workload required of the Brisbane World Championships it is proposed to hold one prior to the National Championships in January 2012, the remaining two activities to be held in the later part of the season.

The Junior Development programme for 2011 / 2012 will consist of Training weekends scheduled as follows:

  • Northern region (Hamilton or Clevedon),
  • Central/Wellington region (Palmerston North or Wellington), and
  • South Island (Canterbury).

Training at each of these three weekends will cover, but is not limited to:

  • Technical shooting skills
  • Wind reading
  • Shooting skills for windy conditions
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Ammunition
  • Safety
  • Mental discipline
  • Goal setting
  • Rules

The NRA Office needs to know who you are and that you are keen to book a space in this program. So send us an email now!

Malcolm Dodson
Junior Development Coach

Nov 2011

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