Hummer off to the Junior World Cup in Shooting
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.