Bylsma wins bronze medal at championships in Italy
BUNDABERG shooter Samuel Bylsma has shot a perfect round to help Australia claim a bronze medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Championship.
About 800 athletes from 92 countries arrived in Lonato, Italy last month to participate 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 score (25/25) for the final round, a tough task and helped Australia secure a podium finish.
"You don't want to leave on a bad note," he said.
"I just had to find that extra bit of mongrel and focus in me to finish strong."
Bylsma said the week-long event, which included practice time, meant shooters had to maintain their concentration for the entire 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 - when you don't have time to think, you need to react."
As shooters prepare for both the Olympic Games at Rio next year and the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in 2018, Bylsma hoped the Bundaberg Clay Target Club could receive funding for an Olympic trap layout for training.
"Bundaberg is pretty centrally located, it would be a great place for people to come and train," he said.
"The Aussie team would love to train here due to the mild climate and beautiful facilities."