ON TARGET: Brothers qualify for overseas events
THERE was plenty of relief for Bundaberg shooters Adam and Sam Bylsma after their first competition this year.
Competing at two events last week in Perth, both qualified for overseas meets later in the year after shooting 119/125 in the trap in the national event.
After qualifying for the final as well, Adam won bronze as Sam finished one spot behind in fourth.
Now Sam will head off to Mexico for a Shooting World Cup in March and Adam will compete at the junior world championships in Italy in August.
After finishing fifth as well in a commonwealth event at the same venue, Sam said it was a good meet for the pair.
"It's a great start to the season,” he said.
"To get that score straight out of the box is pleasing for both of us.”
In what is a pivotal year for both shooters, they are both competing for a spot on the team for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Sam said the focus was to deliver in major events when it counted in finals.
"I'll be training hard now for the event in Mexico,” the 21-year-old said.
"The aim is to work on shooting well in finals and handling the pressure of the situation.
"That will give us the edge.”
Adam said he was pleased to overcome adversity to win a medal.
Missing the final of the commonwealth event after a poor final round, he produced a flawless performance in the national event, shooting 50 straight targets to win the bronze.
"I gave myself a bit of encouragement after the first event to produce a big effort,” Adam said.
"I knew in my head I could do it, so it was good to put it on the board.”
Adam said the duo now had less pressure on them after qualifying for their overseas events.
"It makes it much easier for us,” he said.
"The scores were some of the highest shot in Australia so it is good to get them.”
The brothers also wanted to thank their parents and the Bundaberg Gun Club for getting them to Perth for the event.
Their next event will be in Sydney on February 10 which doubles as the first qualifying event for the Commonwealth Games.