A WA1500 World Championship and an Orange City Council sportsperson of the year award isn't enough to make pistol shooting royalty Peter Brus content as he's looking to set a new world record for his next accomplishment.
The 23-year-old reflected on his past 12 months on Friday afternoon and while he's proud of everything he's done so far in his career, there's always something new to add to your resume.
"My goal is to try to achieve a world record," Brus said. "I was only one point off it last time."
Brus wasn't online when Orange City Council live streamed its sports awards on Thursday night and if he's telling the truth, he didn't think he was first in line for the accolade.
"We were tipping Belmonte to win," he said. "Winning an award like that just makes you sit back and think about the year that's gone... a lot's happened between now and then."
Brus' coup also means Dean and Peter are the first father-son duo to both receive the Orange City Council accolade as Peter's a former recipient.
While Brus had an action-packed 2019, he was quick to pinpoint the one moment that he thought got him over the line.
"Being the youngest individual world champion. That's a pretty big ticket item," he said.
"That's the biggest stage to win it on. Just like Jason [Belmonte] with his big tenpin bowling tournaments... that's where you want to perform your best."
The stage Brus is referring to is the WA1500 World Championships where he became the first Australian to claim the pistol title.
And even though he described the achievement as just about the biggest one you accomplish, he's always looking to make improvements - especially now that he's a marked man.
"When I was going to these events five years ago no one knew me... now everyone knows me," he said.
"I was the hunter now I'm the hunted. The tables have turned slightly and you're no longer looking to chase guys. They're looking to chase you."
"You've got to keep tweaking and keep trying to improve."
He's been outspoken about the importance of mental toughness in pistol shooting and that's why he's taking that aspect to the next level.
"I've been approached by sports psychologists and I'd like to learn more about the psychological side of things," he said. "I know it's something that will help me develop.""At every tournament, there's positive and negative voices sitting on each shoulder and the negative one's a lot louder."
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