Top shot scores medal

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

BUND­ABERG shooter Sa­muel Bylsma shot a per­fect round to help Aus­tralia claim a bronze medal at the ISSF Shot­gun World Cham­pi­onship in Italy.

About 800 ath­letes from 92 coun­tries took part in the cham­pi­onships in Lonato last month and Bylsma stood tall along with his Aus­tralian Ju­nior team mem­bers Mitchell Isles and Jack Wal­lace.

“All the best shoot­ers were there,” Bylsma said.

“It was awe­some to get bronze and showed the hard work we did be­fore­hand re­ally paid off.

“Just to come home with a medal for Aus­tralia im­proves our chances and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The 19-year-old shooter shot a per­fect 25 from 25 in the fi­nal round to se­cure Aus­tralia’s place on the podium.

Bylsma said the week-long event meant shoot­ers had to main­tain their con­cen­tra­tion for the du­ra­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“That adds to the dif­fi­culty of it be­cause you can have a blin­der one day and then have to back it up the next,” he said. “You have to be con­sis­tent.

“When push comes to shove your train­ing kicks in dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion.”

With shoot­ers now pre­par­ing for both next year’s Olympic Games and the Com­mon­wealth Games at the Gold Coast in 2018, Bylsma hoped the Bund­aberg Clay Tar­get Club will re­ceive fund­ing for an Olympic trap lay­out for train­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON TAR­GET: The Aus­tralian Ju­nior Men’s team, con­sist­ing of Mitchell Isles, Jack Wal­lace and Bund­aberg’s Sa­muel Bylsma, won a bronze medal in Italy.

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