This spring, Alex Ahlin, 17, of Bamberg earned a spot on the World Championship Shotgun Team representing the United States.
Ahlin’s silver medal performance at USA Shooting’s spring selection match in Tucson, Ariz., March 6-9, earned him selection to the junior team.
Ahlin will compete for the U.S. team in the ISSF World Championships in Lonato, Italy, from June 30 to July 11. He also qualified for the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, from July 12-20.
Qualifying competition included 250 targets over four days, plus the final day's competition during which additional points were awarded based on finish (three for first, two for second and one for third place).
In the junior division, Benjamin Keller of Johnstown, Colorado, was the top finisher, with Ahlin second and Conner Prince of Burleson, Texas, getting the bronze.
Ahlin will compete in the discipline of international (Olympic style) skeet shooting.
This is Ahlin’s second consecutive year making the World Championship team. He represented Team USA last year in Porpetto, Italy, and Changwon, South Korea.
Ahlin attributes his success to remaining disciplined in training by keeping his goals in sight.
"I train as if there is someone doing everything they can to take my position. I always train as if I am in the midst of competition to maintain the mentality that is required in a match."
"It's not about how talented you are or where you came from, it's about the time and effort put into what you are doing that defines the athlete you will become," Ahlin said.
"There will always be ups and downs in sports, but in your moments of greatest triumph, and hardest losses, keeping a positive attitude and keeping your goals in sight will get you through any and all obstacles."
Ahlin trains in Orangeburg at the Mid Carolina Gun Club and is a rising senior at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.