TOP pistol shooter Emily Esposito is on target to achieve one of her sporting career ambitions.
And that is to make the Australian team at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The 19-year-old of Casula shot a personal best 385 out of 400 in the 10 metre air pistol event last week at the Sydney International Shooting Centre at Kemps Creek.
The Casula woman defied and beat top international competition at the International Grand Prix two-day meeting. Shooters from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and Japan competed.
"The score of 385 I shot puts me in the qualification zone for Glasgow," Emily Esposito said.
"I was pretty happy with the way I went."
The speech pathology university student said the team for Glasgow isn't selected until next year.
"It is selected next April," the teenager said.
"All competitions from April this year to next April are selection qualification events.
"The 10 metre air pistol event is the one I am concentrating on, they select two women for the team in Glasgow.
"I also shoot in the 25 metre sport pistol event, but the 10 metre event is the one I am aiming at.
"I don't think I will get selected for the 25 metre air pistol event."
Esposito is in the Australian International Shooting Limited focus squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She said her long range goal is to compete at Rio 2016 but that is a long way off. "I've got a fair few events coming up between now and next April," the sharp-shooter said.
"Next month I've got the NSW titles at Wagga Wagga.
"Then there are several other events after that to keep me busy."
Esposito is a member of Kemps Creek Pistol Shooting Club.