Pamela Moloney (nee Coxon)
Year Inducted: 2016
At the age of 18, being interested in all sports, Pamela decided to have a go at clay target shooting and soon became addicted. She joined the Isisford gun club in 1953. At first she competed in the Central Western area of Queensland before heading further afield, especially to the annual ten day shoot held in Southport, Queensland.
Pam's competitive shooting stretched from 1953 to 1960. She won the ladies section of the National Single and Double Barrel several times including 1956 at the Royal Aero Club in Sydney. In 1958 at the Australian Gun Club in Melbourne and in 1960 at the South Coast Gun Club in Queensland. As this was in the early days of the ACTA National events starting and there was still no Points score or high guns, she probably would have won those too if they were available at the time.
In 1960 at Cunnamulla, aged 24, she was the only Queensland woman to make the state team. Her shooting accolades that year also saw her qualifying as the first female member of the Open Mackintosh team after having missed out on qualifying for the team the previous year by one point. Also in this year she was a member of Australia's International Team.
For Pam the travel opportunities were a highlight. Besides having success at Cloncurry, in western Queensland, and Lismore in NSW, she also went to Melbourne and Sydney to compete. Being a competitive person, she thoroughly enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of fellow shooters.
When Pam shot at Lismore her father bought her in the Calcutta where she tied for first prize in the main event. Pam and the other shooter decided to tie rather than shoot it out, splitting their substantial winnigns rather than shooting off. Pam shot with an under and over A Grade Browning. The Coxons had a trip at home on Oma where Pam and her father, George would practice about ten clays each afternoon for the week leading up to an important shoot. Time spent on her hobby ceased when she married John Moloney (a non clay target shooter) and moved to a property owned by the Moloney family outside Ilfracombe.
Pam was an inaugural member of the Queensland Hall of Fame and was inducted when the nationals were held in Roma in 2009.