17 year old trap shooter Cameron McKiddie’s ultimate goal is to reach the Olympics but he faces a number of challenges to get there. McKiddie will represent Australia at the International Junior Shotgun Grand Prix later in June in Germany following a great season in which he won silver and bronze at the Shooting Australia ISSF National Junior Championships .
Shooting is a sport that often takes more than 10 years to master but McKiddie only started shooting less than two years ago. He got into the sport after loving it at a come and try day at the Townsville Gun Club. His training schedule includes 530am starts, daily physical training as well as spending almost every aftenoon picking off clay targets and in addition to this McKiddie is in his final semester of year 12.
“You can have talent but you have to work for it.” McKiddie said “There’s hours of training and there’s a lot of different things to take care of, but you just have to push through it.”
Local and interstate instructors noticed McKiddie’s natural talent and this attention was reflected in his performance at the recent Australian Clay Target Association national championships where he placed seventh in the men’s open and third in juniors.
McKiddie, despite being relatively new to the sport said it was “what I live for and I love it.”
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