Teen shooter sets his sights on Tokyo Olympics
Shooting: Now that he has tasted international competition, 14-year-old Travis Streeter has set himself some lofty goals.
The Biloela teen qualified for the finals and finished in the top 10 in the A-grade division at the 13th World Down The Line clay target shooting championships at Wagga Wagga.
Not bad for somebody who only started shooting only 18 months ago.
During that time, Travis has qualified for the Queensland team, won gold in the A-grade division at the National Champion of Champions and was named overall Australian national sub-junior champion (16 years and under).
Travis said competing at the international event was a terrific experience
"In the shoot-off for the A-grade gold medal I was up against a South African, an Englishman and a New Zealander,” he said.
"I was the youngest competitor in the finals - which was a real thrill.”
Travis caught the shooting bug after his father, Shane, took him and his brother, also an accomplished shooter, to a come-and-try day at the Callide Dawson Clay Target Club.
"We gave it a try and realised we had a bit of a talent for it,” Travis said.
The talent isn't all that surprising, given Shane is a former national silver medallist.
Travis said he would love to represent Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"It is a big ask, I will be 16, but I'd love to be the youngest shooter to represent Australia at the games,” he said.
"It will mean a lot of work, a lot of practice.”
Next week, Travis travels to Townsville to compete at the Queensland State Championships.
He also has his eye on earning a spot at the Australian Institute of Sport next year.
"He applied for the AIS this year, but was knocked back,” Shane said.
"They wrote him a nice letter, more or less indicating that he was declined this year because of his age.
"So he will give it another go next year.
"It would mean travelling down to Canberra six times a year, for three weeks at a time, and working with the best coaches in the country.”
Travis said his recent success would not have been possible without the support of Retschlag Firearms, the Callide Dawson Clay Target Club and Beretta Australia.