The idea of the Shooter of the Year Competition was first raised early in 1999 by Fergus Bailey, Stuart Elliott and David Waters. The notion behind it was to encourage shooters to get together more often to share information and ideas to do with long range rifles and shooting. It is also a great opportunity to experience different ranges. They realised that there would have to be one for each class as the performaces of the rifles are very different. David Waters organised to have the 2 Trophies made from a piece of old timber belonging to the Canberra Rifle Club.