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READY TO FIRE: Geoff Grenfell gets help packing from his daughter Aleisha, 10, ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

READY TO FIRE: Geoff Grenfell gets help packing from his daughter Aleisha, 10, ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Geoff Grenfell targets Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow

SHARP shooter Geoff Grenfell has Commonwealth Games gold in his sights. 

The Bendigo man will fly out to Glasgow later this week to prepare for his third Commonwealth Games. 

Grenfell has been in some hot form over the past six months but says it has been a gruelling journey to qualify for Australia. 

He said it was important for him to continue to fire in the lead up to shooting’s pinnacle event. 

“I went to the national titles two weeks ago and came away with a big win, that was back-to-back wins at the national titles,” Grenfell said. 

“All of Australia’s top shooters were there and it gave me some confidence. 

“It was great to know that I am at my peak and that I am performing well.”

The 53-year-old said over the past two weeks he has tried not to get overwhelmed by the big stage that is the Commonwealth Games.  

“The last few weeks leading up to go away I try and not get to emotional or too involved about going over to the games because you can burn yourself out,” Grenfell said. 

“I have taken steps this time to be prepared to not get too wrapped up in the hype over there. 

“I am going over there early which will give me the opportunity to go on the range and do some private training and relax into the environment.” 

Grenfell will be competing in the full-bore rifle shooting individual event and will then team-up with Benalla’s James Corbett in the pairs event. 

“I have five days of competition, so mentally I have to be prepared,” he said. 

“I have to be careful to not over do my training.”

It is 20 years on since Grenfell won a gold medal at the 1994 Games in Canada. 

Grenfell is a Bendigo Advertiser  Sports Star of the Year winner and member of the Hall of Fame.

Sports Star is now in its 50th year and is backed by Prime 7 and Benidgo Bank. 

Grenfell will fly out to Glasgow on Thursday with the Commonwealth Games officially beginning on July 24.

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