by Shane Jones
SHOOTING: Under pressure, Bundaberg's Adam Bylsma did not want to let his Australian teammates down.
The teenager competed at the recent ISSF World Championships in Russia in the men's junior trap team with Mitchell Iles-Crevatin and Jack Wallace.
Bylsma showed composure beyond his years to help the trio win gold ahead of Italy and the United States.
It could have been so much different though after a poor first round from Bylsma put the team behind multiple teams after he shot 19 out of 25 targets.
"I didn't have the best first round, so I had to push really hard in the rest," he said.
Bylsma did just that by missing just 10 targets in the final four rounds to help the team win gold.
He scored 109 out of the 351 targets hit in 375 shots by the team.
"We were pretty happy but it was a little surprising," he said.
"It was a bit of a shock to beat quality nations at the event."
His gold medal now takes pride of place right next to the one he won at the junior world cup in the same discipline last year.
"It's good, the win really ranks up among my best achievements," he said.
"I can now say I'm one of the best in the world."
Bylsma said the achievement wouldn't have happened without Bundaberg.
The Shalom College student hasn't been able to train in Brisbane as that shooting range prepares for the next year's Commonwealth Games.
But Bundaberg's new Olympic standard trap range has been available at just the right time for the 17-year-old.
"It's definitely helped me since its been fully functional," he said.
"I've been shooting at the facility for a couple of months now and I'm gaining more confidence.
"It's almost exactly the same as the Brisbane range which is good."
Bylsma, while juggling the rigours of school, is now preparing to try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games with his brother Sam.
Both are locked away in qualifiers right now for the event.
"It's been really difficult juggling school and shooting," he said.
"Sam was on top in a recent one and I finished eighth which I was a little disappointed in."
Both will compete in more events later this year before finding out their fate before the Games in April.