THE average age of the Australian team to contest the WA1500 World Championships has dropped significantly with the inclusion of Orange’s Peter Brus.
The 18-year-old has been selected in the national team and will join father Dean Brus and fellow Orange shooter Davey Oates on the plane to Sweden in August.
The trio earned their places in the Australian team following the recent national championships in Adelaide.
Dean is over the moon with his son’s achievement, while Peter is still coming to terms with his selection.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” Peter said.
“It will probably hit me when I get on the plane.”
The trio’s selection comes as no shock after their performances at the national championships.
Going into the WA 1500 revolver event, Peter had to beat Oates by three points to earn a place in the national team.
Dean took out the national title with 1485, with Peter third on 1483 and Oates seventh on 1475.
That ensured Dean and Peter would make up the revolver team at the world event.
It also meant the three helped NSW take out the teams national title.
They then had to shoot the WA 1500 Pistol where Oates, Peter and Queensland’s Jamie Longbottom all finished tied on 1474.
It went back to X ring count and Oates came out on top with Peter third. Dean finished fourth on 1472.
This allowed Oates and Dean to earn selection in the pistol team for Worlds.
“This was the final selection sheet for the year,” Oates explained.
“The main thing I’m there for is to get on that plane to go overseas. It puts a bit more pressure on.”
The success continued for the Orange shooters with Dean winning the service pistol with an Australian record score of 884 out of 900.
Oates was second on 869, and combined with Dean and John Nosworthy’s scores, NSW won the team crown.
Dean also won the service pistol title with his score of 891 out of 900.
Peter showed his ability to handle the pressure in the service 25 event where he went into a shoot-off with Tasmania’s Chris Banfield after they both scored of 632.
They were tied after the first and second shoot-offs before Banfield shot a perfect 100 to Peter’s 99 to get the win in the third round.
Orange’s Max Wicks and Dean and Peter made up the NSW team which finished second in the team event.
Orange’s Lara Cowling was a strong contender finishing fifth in the women’s air pistol, as well as finishing second with the NSW team.
She also recorded a top 10 result in the 25m sports pistol, which helped her to finish third in the women’s three-match aggregate.
Peter and Dean Brus and Oates will line up for Australia at the World WA 1500 Championships in Sweden from August 13-16.