Commonwealth Games selection in shooter of the year Penny Smith's sights

DREAM YEAR: Bookaar's Penny Smith was named Shooting Australia's athlete of the year on Sunday night.
DREAM YEAR: Bookaar's Penny Smith was named Shooting Australia's athlete of the year on Sunday night.

COMMONWEALTH Games selection would be a dream result for recently-crowned Australian shooter of the year Penny Smith.

The Bookaar-based athlete is nervously awaiting to hear if she’s made national team bound for the 2018 Gold Coast competition.

Smith, 22, said the team was expected to be announced on either Wednesday or Thursday.

“It would top off my year I guess; I’ve worked hard for it all year,” she said.

“It would be the ulimate. It would be disappointing if I do miss out but it would make me work twice as hard.

“I’ve had a great year with teammates. For me personally, the icing on the cake would hopefully be making the Commonwealth Games team.

“I am a bit nervous at the moment. It’s playing on my mind a bit.”

Smith was named Shooting Australia’s athlete of the year a presentation in Brisbane on Sunday.

The former Kolora-Noorat netballer also took out the female shooter of the year award.

“All my hard work and dedication is starting to pay off,” she said.

“I have had a pretty successful year in the respect I won my first world cup in New Dehli and Tom (Derek Grive) and I won the mixed teams event (at the International Shooting Sport world championships) and I have had a good domestic year too.

“I have stepped up to the plate...it’s my first real year of international shooting as a senior."

Smith said it was pleasing to see her hard work pay off.

She trains up to four times a week and also does gym sessions with Nick Hose – the brother of Paralympic gold medallist Josh – in Camperdown.

“I am pretty determined and driven when I want to achieve something,” Smith said.

“My family is backing me 100 per cent of the way and I have a good support crew.”

Smith said her personal training sessions had elevated her performances.

“It’s an accumulation of everything – the more you put in, the better you get,” she said.

“It is as much physical as it is mental. The mental side is a massive part of it.

“An off day could be the difference between making a team and not. The pressure side is challenging at times.”