Shooters aiming for Rio
BUNDABERG'S IPC Pistol Shooter Chris Pitt has had a big year representing Australia, with more to come in 2014.
Pitt was selected in the Australian team in January for the first time and competed in his first international competition in Szczecin, Poland in April, finishing 13th out of 37 competitors.
At his second World Cup meet in Bangkok Thailand, he reached his goal of making the final, finishing seventh and eight in his two events.
Pitt has recently returned home from his last major meet in early December, the Oceania Championships in Sydney, with two gold medals.
Relaxing with some down time back home in Bundaberg and enjoying a visit from Australian teammate and Paralympian shooter Jason Maroney this week, Pitt said he was already looking forward to a busy 2014.
"I'm really happy with how I performed in my first year and next year I will be spending even more time overseas," Pitt said.
"The atmosphere is completely different
"The experience I have gained this year has been great.
"It has changed my attitude to go beyond what I expected, and helped with coping of the pressure in international meets."
Australian International Shooting has confirmed Pitt will represent Australia in 2014, competing in major international shoots in Hanover Germany, Szczecin Poland, Fort Benning in the USA, as well as a series of compulsory competitions around Australia.
And the experience will all help, with Pitt aiming to make the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"The Rio games are what everyone is focusing on," he said.
"I'm just enjoying a small break before I get stuck back into training next year."