Hum­mer off to the Ju­nior World Cup in Shoot­ing

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SHOOT­ING: Af­ter im­press­ing coaches and judges at a re­cent camp in Can­berra, Childers Ri­fle and Pis­tol Club young cham­pion Hans Hum­mer will now ful­fil a life-long dream.

The teenage shooter has wanted to rep­re­sent Australia since his grand­fa­ther took him to the Childers Ri­fle and Pis­tol Club as a kid, Hum­mer will com­pete for the na­tion at the shoot­ing Ju­nior World Cup next month.

Thrilled with the sur­prise call up, Hum­mer has the de­ter­mi­na­tion to win.

Held in the Euro­pean coun­try of Azer­bai­jan, the 16-year-old will com­pete in the sports and air pis­tol events.

Hum­mer is cur­rently ranked in­side the top five ju­niors in the coun­try, Hum­mer said he was a bit shocked with the call-up.

“A week af­ter I came home from Can­berra, Larry Dunks from the Childers club got a call from one of the coaches and they in­vited me to shoot at the World Cup, he said.

“I was pretty sur­prised and was not ex­pect­ing to go over­seas so quickly but very ex­cited to be in­vited.”

With plenty of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport, Hum­mer said the sport had helped him with his fo­cus.

“When you are shoot­ing it is a good time to re­lax and for­get about ev­ery­thing around you,” he said.

“You learn a lot in terms of con­trol and it does help on what you need to fo­cus on.”

The sport is harder than it looks, the tiny tar­get re­quires a steady hand and the men­tal strength to stay fo­cussed on the tar­get.

The calm and fo­cused teen is hum­ble with his skill and is pas­sion­ate about the sport.

With a swag of medals and tro­phies, Hum­mer plans to add to his collection.

He will be com­pet­ing against the world’s best in his class and is calm about the com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­pet­ing al­ready at two ju­nior na­tion­als, Hum­mer is now look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the best.

“I’m re­ally happy to just be over there,” he said.

He is qui­etly con­fi­dent and has dreams of shoot­ing for Aus­tralian in the Com­mon­wealth Games.

“I’d like to do well and get a good place to get quota points to po­ten­tially qual­ify for the Com­mon­wealth Games [at the Gold Coast].

“Rep­re­sent­ing Australia was a big goal for me, now I get to do that.”

Hum­mer will now in­crease train­ing over the next few weeks be­fore head­ing to Ga­bala to com­pete in late Septem­ber.

Be­tween now and the start of the Ju­nior World Cup, Hum­mer will spend more time train­ing and pre­par­ing him­self for the com­pe­ti­tion.

BULLS­EYE: Hans Hum­mer proudly show­cas­ing his tro­phies and his pas­sion for shoot­ing.

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