Gregory Hills skeet shooter has sights set on Tokyo

On target: Joshua Bell trains at the Cecil Park Clay Target Club several times a week in the hopes of making it into the Olympics. Picture: Chris Lane
On target: Joshua Bell trains at the Cecil Park Clay Target Club several times a week in the hopes of making it into the Olympics. Picture: Chris Lane

Josh Bell has his sights set on an Olympic berth this year.

The Gregory Hills skeet shooter is working hard to qualify for Australia's shooting team headed to Tokyo for the 2020 games.

He trains at the Cecil Park Clay Target Club several times a week, while still maintaining his full-time job as a construction manager, which takes him across Sydney.

Bell, 24, will compete in several qualifying tournaments this year as he fights for his spot in the Olympics.

He's been shooting for more than a decade now.

"I got into shooting through my dad, but he's a bit too old to be doing the extensive competition now," Bell said. "I started when I was about 12 years old, following him into the sport."

Bell said his biggest tournament to date was the Oceanic Championship, we're he earned silver.

"The Olympics would be amazing, it's the pinnacle of the sport," he said.

"When I first started competing properly a few years ago, Olympic standard seemed like it was miles away from me.

"But I've worked hard to improve and now it doesn't seem so far away."

Bell said shooting wasn't the most lucrative sport, so he couldn't afford to put his day job aside to focus on training.

That's why he was so grateful for the support of his sponsors.

"I'm supported by Barca Metals in Chipping Norton and Flame-Cut Smithfield," he said.

"They've been such a big support these last three years.

"Without their support, I wouldn't be able to afford to do what I've been doing - it wouldn't happen. I'm so grateful for their support."

Bell he was in a very exciting stage of his life, as he also just got engaged to his now-fiancee, Zuzana Navara.

"I like to think she's my biggest fan," he said.

Bell said if he was lucky enough to make the team for Japan, he expected the rules and restrictions around shooters to be tougher than he'd ever encountered before.

He is competing in qualifying tournaments - the Commonwealth and National Champshionships - in Newcastle from January 12-18.

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