Justin Kleinhaus, 13, of Port Clinton, has been shooting Air Rifle as a member of the Ottawa County Shooting Stars 4H Club for 4 years and will be competing in the USA Jr. Olympics in Colorado Springs, CO, in April.
Every Tuesday and Thursday Justin practices at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) at Camp Perry with his 4H club. On April 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and April 7 from noon to 3 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on CR 17 in Oak Harbor is having a bake sale and garage sale to help support Justin’s trip.
Justin has 15 medals and trophies from the Gary Anderson Invitational, The Camp Perry Open, numerous monthly matches, NRA sanctioned matches and USA Shooting sanctioned matches. He is one of the youngest precision shooters in the sport. When he is not shooting air rifle competitively his other hobbies include shooting at home, archery, helping on the farm and taking care of his 4H Livestock.
Justin and his precision team members are qualified for the CMP Regional April 6 at the CMP. They won gold at the State Championship held last Saturday. Justin placed 4th in the finals individually and 6th in the nation. To qualify for the USA Jr. Olympics, he attended the qualifier held in December in Vienna, Ohio. He placed 3rd in the state overall and first in his age category, which is J3. Along with a teammate from Bellevue, Justin will travel to Colorado Springs in April and compete in their age divisions and for overall placing against kids from all over the United States. Justin also qualified through second round invites for the smallbore division.
Justin’s immediate future plans are to do the best he can at the Jr. Olympics and continue his shooting and qualify again next year. His long-term goals are to go to Ohio State University in an agriculture-related field and shoot on the OSU Rifle Team.