Marco Corbo is one of Australia's best young shooters.
The 17-year-old Rossmore resident was this week named in the Australian Junior World Championship team for his skill with a shotgun.
Even though he won't actually be able to compete in the world championships, as Shooting Australia decided not to send a team to the event in Peru to maintain the safety of all our shooters, Marco said it was great to be recognised.
He was one of the 13 athletes whose results in events in the first half of 2021 met the national selection criteria.
Marco will receive a one-off Junior Development Grant to assist with costs associated with his development in the sport.
"It's really good when you find out that what you worked so long for, travelling Australia and attending all the shooting events and the training every weekend, has really paid off," the Cecil Park Clay Target Club member said.
Marco started shooting as a 13-year-old, inspired by his father.
"My dad used to go shooting and I was always interested in it," the St Benedict's College Student said.
"There's a fascination when you're a kid, and once I hit 13 and got over soccer I wanted to try it out for myself.
"It was a hobby for me for while, then I realised I had potential to make it a career."
Marco loves the shooting community and the constant encouragement and motivation he finds in fellow shooters.
He said he thoroughly enjoyed watching the best of the best at the Olympics this year, and hopes to one day don the green and gold on the biggest stage himself.
"Representing Australia in any way is my main goal," Marco said.
"Representing your country and travelling the world - that's the dream."
Marco has been unable to practise his shooting since lockdown restrictions were brought in, and he can't wait to pick up his gun again.