ORANGE will be shooting for gold at the Athens Olympic and Paralympic Games this year, literally.
When the Olympics start early tomorrow morning and the Paralympics in September, Orange's Suzy Balogh and Peter Worsley will be part of the Australian shooting teams.
Commonwealth bronze medallist Balogh will be in action on Monday, August 16 (Athens time) in the single trap.
On Wednesday, August 18 the Orange shooter will compete in the double trap, the event in which she won bronze with Suzie Trindall at the Manchester Commonwealth Games two years ago.
Ms Balogh told the Central Western Daily before flying out to Athens that she was happy the events were in the first week of competition.
"It means I won't get too nervous and then I can just be a tourist and see the sites," she said.
She goes into the Olympics in good form in the double trap after impressive results at the Masters Cup in the Czech Republic recently.
Ms Balogh flew out to Greece with the rest of the Australian shooting team last week and has been getting valuable practice on the Athens shooting range before the Olympics start.
Disabled shooter Peter Worsley will compete in his third Paralympics when the Games start next month.
Competing in the standing and prone events, Mr Worsley said he was aiming to make the top 10 final for both. "That's the aim," he said. "Then when I'm in the final I'm hoping to shoot about 105 (out of a possible 109)."
To qualify for the final the highest possible score is 600, which Mr Worsley shot at the Swiss Open last year. He said his medal hopes would come down to how he was shooting on the day.