SUPPORTING THE YOUTH: Liam Edwards was surprised when Battle of Biggenden open winner Luke McKennie gave him his winnings.
SUPPORTING THE YOUTH: Liam Edwards was surprised when Battle of Biggenden open winner Luke McKennie gave him his winnings. Contributed.

Just why was 'Little Eddy' grinning from ear to ear?

Precision rifle shooting: Liam Edwards may not have won any prizes at the weekend's Battle of Biggenden but he went home a winner.

The 14-year-old from Brisbane who is known as "Little Eddy” to the shooting community was the youngest shooter at the Biggenden Rifle range competing in the final event for the Huntsman AUS sponsored series.

Luke McKennie of Melbourne took out the top honours in the open event earning him the first pick of the prize table.

Biggenden Rifle Club president and match director Jared Trigger said Luke proceeded to pick out a rifle and barrel and then handed the whole prize over to Little Eddy.

"He was lost for words,” he said.

"Another competitor, Tristan Wright also handed him a set of earmuffs.”

"On Monday they said Liam still had a grin from ear to ear.”

Mr Trigger said this was very gracious gesture by both shooters.

"It's people like this that make this the best sport to be involved with.”

This was truly a sensational moment, but not the first time Luke who is standing as number one shooter in Australia has given prizes away.

Speaking with Liam at the range on Saturday he said he had been shooting for just over a year.

"I find it really fun,” he said.

"It's a lovely community plus they are willing to share advice and equipment.”

Asked who he was at the event with, Liam replied "Just me and my dad.”

He said he was shooting "really well” on the day.

The duo are no strangers to the Biggenden range having been up a couple of times including being there for a week.

"Biggenden is my favourite range,” he said.

No doubt after the Battle of Biggenden event he will have many fond memories of his weekend in the bush.


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