MOCKINYA clay target shooter Ash Bolwell has returned from New Zealand with a world championship silver medal around his neck.
Bolwell was part of a five-man Australian team that travelled across the Tasman for the 11th World Down-The-Line Championships and the Glenn Cup.
The Glenn Cup is an annual competition between Australia and New Zealand and was staged in the first week of March, while the world championships finished on Wednesday last week.
Australia was victorious over New Zealand in the Glenn Cup, but finished second behind the host nation in the world championships.
England finished third at the world championships.
The Australian team hit 248 targets out of 250 at the Glenn Cup, narrowly edging out New Zealand on 247.
Bolwell shot a perfect 50-from-50 on his targets at the cup.
The world championships is conducted on a points-based system, with three points for every target hit on the first shot, two points for a target hit on the second shot and zero for a miss.
Bolwell had one miss and pulled seven seconds from his 200 targets.
Bolwell, who was competing for Australia in the world championships and the Glenn Cup for the second time, said he was pleased with the team's effort.
"It's always good to come first, but New Zealand reversed it around from the Glenn Cup and rolled us in the world championships," he said.
"The British were pretty confident and pretty full of themselves going into the world titles so it was good to get ahead of them."
After 250 clays each, the top 10 per cent of shooters were selected to compete in the individual 50-target final.
Bolwell qualified as the 22nd-ranked shooter.
He said he did not know his exact ranking at the end of the championships but it was inside the top 30.
Bolwell said the world championships had been a challenging but enjoyable experience.
"I'm pretty happy with how I shot overall," he said.
"They were throwing pretty tough targets over there that were coming off the trap probably 15 to 20 per cent harder than what we're used to here in Australia."
"They had 15 traps and you shot over a cornfield, which backed up into pinetrees and when it got over them, it was blue sky.
"You had three shades of colour, which makes it hard to get your eyes to focus when there's so much difference."
Bolwell said he was now focused on next year's national titles and qualifying for the next world championships, which will be staged in Ireland in 2016.
"The world championships is as good as it gets for the trap shooting I do, and next year at the nationals I'll do the qualifying round again for the world championships," he said.
"They're only every two years, but I definitely wouldn't mind going over to Ireland for a look."