Young pair have stardom in their sights
WHEN it comes to making their mark in sport, schoolboys don't often move away from football, cricket or basketball.
To show potential as a shooter is rare and to have two rising stars at one school is almost unheard of.
Bishop Druitt College year 10 student Alex Young first caught the eye of teacher John Lambert when he took him on an excursion to the Coffs Harbour Clay Target Range at Moonee.
Jeffrey Pfeiffer, meanwhile, showed an aptitude for rifle shooting when he joined the school Shooting Club.
"At first they had their dads and I guiding them but once the talent became apparent, they had to grab their opportunities," Mr Lambert said proudly.
Alex has been invited to join the Australian Clay Target Association junior development squad and will train at the National Training Ground in Wagga Wagga.
"The squad includes 25 juniors from across Australia and we attend two-day training camps three times," he said.
Olympic gold medallist Russell Mark often consults with the squad and Alex has already met him.
"I don't know yet if Russell will be at this camp but we've already talked," he said.
"We'll have expert coaches and our accommodation, ammunition and targets are looked after."
Alex recently competed in the National Trap Championships and won the Junior Division and B Grade Double Rise competition at the Upper Hunter Valley 'Open Down The Line' Shoot.
As late as last Saturday he won B Grade at the 100 target point score Kempsey-Macleay Classic, earning promotion to A Grade.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Pfeiffer is chasing a berth in a national training squad after claiming two gold medals at the National titles for Target shooters held last weekend in Brisbane.
"Competing in field and rimfire classes I won both the 100m and 300m range shoots," he said.
"But the biggest thrill was finishing top in aggregate giving me the shooter's patch for the competition."
Mr Lambert said that Jeffrey was likely to be a big success at the New South Wales State championships during September.
"He has great talent and is a willing learner," he said. "Both youngsters are destined to go a long way."