EMERGING clay target shooter Matt Molan says a successful competition in New Zealand has lifted his confidence ahead of the Australian championships.
The Terang teenager won three categories - under-21 double rise, junior champion of champion and junior high gun - at the New Zealand down-the-line titles.
It was his first overseas competition and doubled up as perfect preparation for the Australian nationals in Queensland in April.
"It is one I have been preparing for, I will try and make the Mackintosh team there," Molan said.
The Noorat Gun Club member is working diligently in the lead-up to the Roma-based competition, spending up to four nights a week honing his skills.
Molan, 16, said consistency was imperative.
"I've got to make sure I do everything the same every time I shoot and keep focussed," he said.
"In weeks leading up to big events like nationals, I have to go out there quite a few nights a week and shoot 100 or 200 targets a night.
"I aim to to get 150 out of 150. Missing two out of that is not too bad, considering it is practice because everyone tries a little bit harder in national competitions."
Molan was pleased with his accuracy at the New Zealand championships.
"In the double rise I shot 48 out of 50, in the champion of champions I shot 73/75 and in the high gun I was down over the week," he said.
He put his success down to the support of south-west shooters Gary Hayden and Sam Clifford "for the work they put in with me to go over to New Zealand".
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