Local Clay Target shooter James Ewart has claimed the Australian Junior Commonwealth title at the Australian International Sports Shooting Nationals held at the Brisbane Gun Club in January.
Ewart, of Peak View, represented NSW in Double Trap and Olympic Trap as well as an individual shooter.
In the Olympic Trap, Ewart won the Australian Junior Commonwealth Title. He shot 116/125 in the preliminary rounds, placing him equal with James Grice, also from NSW.
This meant they had to have a sudden death shoot off (Single Barrel).
This was the same procedure used when Michael Diamond lost in the last Olympics.
After four targets Ewart emerged as the winner. The NSW Junior team was also victorious, winning against all the other states of Australia.
In his preferred discipline, the Double Trap, Ewart did not perform as well as he would have liked.
A new rule was introduced at the beginning of 2013 and Australia was the first country to use it, which impacted on many shooters' results.
Even though he was disappointed, he still managed to pick up a Silver and a Bronze medal in the juniors (21 and under).
To cap off a great week, Ewart was named in the Australian Junior Trap team, made up of only three shooters chosen to represent Australia against the World.
Ewart would like to thank his employers, Bracher Timbers and the Alpine Hotel for making it possible for him to compete, by so generously giving him time off.