Rosedale’s Mark Durose has made Shooting Australia’s junior world championship team.But the 19-year-old, along with 12 other young Australian team members, won’t be able to travel to Peru for the competition because of COVID travel restrictions. Instead, they will each receive a grant to cover costs associated with their shooting development. Shooting Australia’s chief executive, Luke Van Kempen, said the grants still recognised the achievements of the athletes. “Our consultation determined that it was appropriate for the 13 athletes to receive financial assistance in the journey towards Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028,” Van Kempen said. Durose is a member of Shooting Australia’s shotgun team, and has been competing since he was 12. Dressed head to toe in his Australian Institute of Sport gear in his own backyard, Durose displays great confidence when discussing the sport with the <i>Gippsland Times.</i> Durose stepped away from competitive shooting about three years ago, but was approached by Shooting Australia to return. “Rich Sammon [a Shooting Australia coach] approached me and said you’re probably one of the higher up people that we’re targeting because we can see you going to the Olympics and winning the gold,” he said. Durose’s qualifying score was 439, almost 100 points clear of second place and more than 300 points clear of the minimum requirement. While Durose is disappointed he will not be able to travel to Peru to compete in the world championships, he has already turned his attention to bigger things. “For the world championships, [I’m] a little bit [disappointed] – I’ve been training a fair bit for it,” he said. “You have to keep looking ahead and training hard.” Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games will not be hosting shooting or archery events, which were scheduled to be held in India, but have now been cancelled because of the pandemic. Durose has been earmarked as someone to watch for moving forward in shooting circles. Wellington Shire Council has provided grants to ensure his training can continue, and Traralgon Field and Game has allowed him to train on the grounds at its complex. Durose understands the support that got him to where he is today. “I need to thank my dad [his coach] and Lauryn Mark [his mentor],” he said.Durose is aiming to make the Olympic team for Paris in three short years, but his long term goal is to make a podium finish at Brisbane in 2032, giving himself 11 years to hone his skills.