COOMA'S James Ewart has had a very busy and successful six months recently competing in Olympic Double Trap at several shoots around Australia with fantastic results.
The first shoot was in Brisbane, this shoot was the initial competition in the 'Australian Cup' series. There are four in the series with qualifying points accruing, to Olympic selection. Next, he was off to Adelaide for the second 'Australia Cup' competition.
Brisbane was the following destination for the 'Queensland State Carnival'. James made it into the final in all three events, placing forth, missing a medal. (The highest six scores shoot off for medals in the final). This result made James more determined to succeed and take home a medal. He travelled and trained more frequently in Canberra and practiced harder to prepare for the next shoot.
The 'Southern Zone' held at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park was the next big shoot on James' calendar. James qualified first, which meant that he was the highest qualifying shooter into the final and won the gold medal in the shoot off, making him the 2014 Southern Zone Olympic Double Trap Champion. This was a great lead up and confidence booster to the NSW State Olympic Double Trap Championships held at the same venue the following weekend.
James won the NSW State Olympic Double Trap qualifying first and winning Gold, placing James first into the NSW State Open Team. This team event will be shot in January 2015 in Newcastle at the Australian National Championships.
James just returned from travelling to Perth to compete in the third 'Australian Cup' in the series. The conditions were rough with high wind and rain. He qualified first for the shoot off in the finals, which resulted in winning gold and a personal best score. Getting home from Perth, however, turned out to be an adventure in itself. His itinerary was changed from flying home directly from Perth to Canberra, to Perth/ Melbourne/Gold Coast/Sydney and eventually Canberra. Unfortunately, James' gun was lost but luckily finally turned up in Sydney. All was well in the end but makes for a great story.
The next event on the shooting calendar for James is in Brisbane, the fourth and final Australian Cup on October 24 and 25.
James would like to thank the Alpine Hotel for their support and running a meat raffle for him with meat supplied and donated by Franks 'Fatty' Butchery. The sponsorship money went towards airfares. James would also like to thank his boss Mick Redden from Redden Constructions, where he is currently an apprentice, for his flexibility and understanding support for James' Olympic pursuit.
If you would like to watch James in action winning the gold medal in Perth, go to the Shooting Australia Facebook page and look for the Youtube link- 'Gold-Silver final'.