James Ewart celebrated his 20th birthday shooting at the Australia Cup held in Adelaide on March 14 and 15 March. The shoot was the first in a series of four to be held all around Australia.
Ewart shot very consistently and produced a personal best of 125/150 overall. This result placed him in the finals along with five other contestants.
All the scores are then cleared, so contestants start with a clean slate. The top six were shooting off for medal placement.
Ewart found himself in the bronze medal shoot off against Tom Turner, who had just returned from Kuwait, representing Australia in the World Cup.
He gained fourth position with a score of 27/30 losing by one target. It was a fantastic result from the local shooter.
The experience has made him more determined than ever to succeed in the following Australian Cup series (second in Brisbane), state and zone.
He thanks his sponsors; Alpine Hotel for running raffles to help with his airfares, Brad 'Fatty' Frazer of Frank's Butchery for suppling the meat trays for raffles and Mick Readon Constructions for helping with the cost of shotgun shells and time off to pursue his dream of Olympics.
He particularly wishes to thank the community for their continuing support with buying raffle tickets and for all the encouragement he has received.