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Sperry Edward Marshall



Sperry Edward Marshall

19 December 1930 - February 2002

Member 1987

Sperry Marshall represented Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games as a trap and clay target shooter. In a practice session prior to the Games, he shot 198 out of 200 clay targets to equal the world record. In the same year, Sperry was Australia's amateur clay target champion.

Sperry's achievements in his sport span four incredibly successful decades. He first started shooting at tin cans on his father's farm at Bridgewater. When he was just 20, he and his brother Paul won the blue ribbon Commonwealth Championship the Deauville doubles in 1951. They hold the record for being the only brothers to win the national Champion of Champions award four times (twice each).

After he first started competitive shooting as a 19-year-old, Sperry won 267 full championships. These include State, Commonwealth, district and club championships. From 1951 he represented Tasmania every year except four in national championships.

Sperry won 8 national championships and has shot for Australia in international trials 19 times from 1951-1986, and was on 3 occasions High Gun 1969, 1974 and 1975.