Top shot scores medal
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.
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.