Pitt may get his shot at Rio
BUNDABERG'S Chris Pitt has been dreaming about competing in the Rio paralympics since the end of 2012.
Inspired by paralympian Rheed McCracken as he returned from London to Bundaberg with a swag of medals, Pitt knew if he applied himself to IPC shooting he could join him in Rio.
Now that dream is almost a reality for the 50-year-old after he got nominated by Shooting Australia to compete at the paralympics in the 25m pistol event.
Talking to the NewsMail, the shooter said it was meeting McCraken at Bundaberg Airport that inspired him to pursue his goals.
"I knew Rheed's mother and I went swimming with her as a youngster before I got sick," he said.
"When we welcomed him home to Bundy I said 'I'm going to have a go at Rio'.
"I've got nothing to lose and if it comes off it will be brilliant."
All that separates him from achieving the goal is the International Paralympic Council who will decide who competes from each country.
Recently the Bundaberg athlete travelled to Thailand and the United Arab Emirates for World Cup events where he finished a semi-finalist in the 25m pistol.
With those results Pitt is confident he has what it takes to impress and make the team.
"I'm quietly confident I have done enough," he said.
"I've recorded the minimum scores required to qualify so everything is on track."
He added it was great news to be selected already by Shooting Australia.
"I got the call at 11pm on a Tuesday and was told about the nomination," he said.
"I didn't really sleep well and to get confirmation was fantastic."
Raised on a farm in the region, shooting has always been a part of his life.
"I've always been interested in guns and I was obsessed when I had a try and missed," he said.
"My aim is to shoot a perfect score one day in the sport."
While trying not to think about competing at Rio, Pitt admitted he has thought about walking into the Olympic Stadium for the first time.
"It would be emotional to run out with the world watching as you enter," he said.
Pitt will now compete in Germany in May before finding out about his paralympic dream after that event.