Skeet shooter earns spot at world championship
Houston County Courier
By Sharron Randall
As of the Labor Day weekend at the USA Shooting Fall Selection Match held in Kerrville, Dustin Perry is now rated Number Three in 2011 World Shotgun Clay Target Championships. He will compete on the three-man, all Texan, junior team and will represent the United States at the championship match to be held next September in Belgrade, Serbia, but his next competition will be the NSSA International Skeet World Championship on Oct. 14-17 in Tulsa, OK. Although Perry has yet to qualify for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London, England, his plan is to do just that. The Lovelady High School senior was named to the USA Junior Olympic Team in February. He is now qualified for the 2010-011 Junior National World Cup team. The USA Shooting Fall Selection Match held Sept. 3-5 is the final leg of qualification for the 2011 World Shotgun Clay Target Championship. Perry is a left-handed shooter. In the 14 months he has shot over 75,000 rounds of ammunition on his special made Browning 626 Over--and-Under shotgun. “He’s almost worn out his gun,” said his dad, David Perry of Lovelady. Soon Perry will be in possession of a brand new, hand-made, custom fitted shotgun, made in Italy, shotgun called a Perazzi. He hopes he will have for the competition in Tulsa Perry began his shooting career with Houston County 4-H Shooting Sports in 2007. In the fall of 2009, he started shooting International Skeet with the encouragement of the family of Peter Jungman of Caldwell, whom he had met during earlier competition. Jungman and Perry are both members of the Junior Olympic team and fast buddies. The selection process for qualifying for the national clay target team used the combined scores of the 2010 USA Shooting National Champion-ships, held in Colorado Springs, CO, and the aforementioned USA Shooting Fall Selection Match held Labor Day weekend. Perry scored 221/250 at the Nationals in July and 238/250 at the Fall Selection this month. He had to come from behind after the national competition and challenged Jungman for second place. After the scores were tallied, Perry finished in third place, just one target behind his friend and teammate. Both Jungman and Perry were able to hold off Tanner Brooks of Indiana by 5-7 targets throughout the final two days of competition; both clinched the second and third spots on the US Junior Olympic team. The number one spot was earned by T.J. Bayer of College Station, who won the Silver Medal in the team competition, 2010 World Championship Junior Team from the United States, held last month in Munich, Germany. Perry’s determination to win a spot on the 2012 Olympic team led him to resign from all other competitive sports. The talented baseball player wants to concentrate on shooting. “There’s no politics in this sport,” boasted his father. “He’s ranked number eight in the nation in open category, all ages, and number three in juniors, age 20 and under. Attending practically for every shooting match are his parents, David and Jarrice Perry of Lovelady and maternal grandparents E.J. “PeeWee” Broxson, also of Lovelady. Paternal grandparents, Rick and Kathy Perry of Wimberly, and Sandra J. Cox of Conroe are also very supportive of the 17-soon-to-be 18-year old, whose birthday on Oct. 6 will make him of “voting age.” Perry plans on competing in the 2012 Olympics. He’ll be keeping his eye on the target—clay target that is. The International Shooting Sports Federation oversees the World Clay Target Championships and is responsible for the Olympic shooting sports in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines. USA Shooting is the national governing body for shooting sports in the United States. It is chartered by the United States Olympic Committee and is charged with developing shooting athletes to compete worldwide. For more information and to follow Perry’s shooting progress and accomplishments visit www.usashooting.org.