Whakatane shooter Diane Collings is the only woman to have won the coveted Balling Belt.
54 year old Diane Collings has now won the Ballinger Belt three times a trophy which can be won by a male or female should he or she win, Diane Collings achieved her win last Saturday at the National Shoot in Trentham.
Diane Collings first won the Ballinger Belt in 1987 secondly in 1992 and now in 2014. Diane Collings is surprised with her win knowing she had not prepared properly because of an injury to a shoulder.
But her eye and mind were focussed during the shooting and of the course recipient of the Ballinger Belt – the oldest sporting trophy in Aotearoa.
Kei te tu a Diane Collings o Whakatane hei te wahine anahe kua pupuri i te taonga Ballinger Belt. Kua tuatoru te waa aianei e pupuri ana a Diane Collings rima tekau ma wha tau tona pakeke i te Ballinger Belt he taonga ka riro i te tane – i te wahine ranei ina ia ka toa i te puhipuhi ara no te Rahoroi tenei i oti i a Diane Collings ina te whakataetae puhipuhi a Motu i tu ki Trentham. I toa tuatahi a Diane Collings i te Ballinger Belt i te tau kotahi mano, iwa rau waru tekau ma whitu me te tuarua i te tau kotahi mano, iwa rau iwa tekau ma rua katahi nei i tenei tau rua mano ngahuru ma wha. Kei te miharo a Diane Collings ki tana mutunga tuatahi na tona mohio kare ia i tino takatu kia pakari ia i tenei whakataetae na te whara tonu o tetahi o ona pakihiwi. Engari ko ona whatu me tona hinengaro nga taonga tinana whakahirahira i ahei ia ki te haangai totika ki aana puhinga kia whiwhi ano i te Ballinger Belt – tenei taonga hakinakina tawhito rawa atu o Aotearoa.