Triumph in Tasmania

EIGHTEEN-year-old Indi Gladman did not even dream that by 2014, she would be the clay target champion of Tasmania.

Indi, who has just completed her VCE at Gippsland Grammar, joined the school shooting team when she was in year seven and just loved the sport, winning several school events.

With support from her mother Sam, Indi headed off to Tasmania in January for the state championships held in Launceston. One-hundred-and-fifty shooters from all over Australia took part in the championships, including shooters who had won state and national events.

Against a quality field, Indi was shooting against men and women in the open event. To reach the final, Indi said shooters had to keep shooting the possible 50 out of 50 in the lead-up rounds.

Indi competed in the final against three men and with the others missing, took out the title after hitting all of her targets.

“It was all over very quickly,” Indi said.

It completed a clean sweep for Indi, who also won the Tasmanian open championship, the women’s and scratch events.

Indi’s win is only part of the Gladman success story in Tasmania as Indi’s mother Sam, who was the driver for Indi in the early years, decided to take up shooting while waiting for Indi to compete.

In the Tasmanian championships, Sam was runner-up in the B grade event.

No doubt coaching from Indi, who is now a AA grade shooter, has helped Sam to quickly adapt to the sport.

Indi has an amazing winning record since starting as a 13-year-old in year seven, but teaming up with Olympic gold medallist Russell Mark to win a teams event at Morwell is top of her highlights list.

We do not have the space to detail all of Indi’s outstanding achievements over the seven years she has been shooting, but a few are worth a mention including shooting in the South East zone team of three to win the state championships in 2013, finishing second as a 15-year-old in the New Zealand schools competition, and representing Gippsland Grammar five times at the state titles in Bendigo.

An overall winner of the Morwell and Frankston championships and with South East zone junior and A grade wins, Indi shoots most weekends at either Lilydale, Frankston or Morwell.

She is looking forward to the national championships to be held at Wagga Wagga.

Indi said a lot of her success was owed to great mentors and coaches such as James Clancy, Field and Game members, Todd Malone, Lynne Curtis, Bill Iles and Russell Mark.

After the Tasmanian win, Indi said talks had begun about the possibility of sponsorship and feels the win will open doors for the future.

Indi is looking forward to starting her university course at Federation University at Churchill in a few weeks time.

Sam Gladman is the daughter of former locals Gary and Ciss Gamlin and the granddaughter of sporting legend Cliff Gamlin, who was inducted into the Sale Football-Netball Club hall of fame three years ago.