Long Sutton’s Aaron Heading is setting his sights on the Olympic Games in Rio next summer.
The 28-year-old has joined the British Shooting team in Maribor, Slovenia, for the European Championships.
The GB shooters will be looking to take inspiration from the success of Amber Hill’s incredible skeet gold at the Baku European Games and secure some quota places of their own.
Although events don’t start until today, a number of athletes flew out last week – looking to acclimatise to the conditions.
Temperatures are set to reach the high 20s in Maribor but the shooters will be ready for the heat.
Trap shooter Heading has been on a long rehabilitation programme after tearing the tendons in his knee nine months ago.
And after coming so close to the medals in the Mexico and Cyprus World Cups earlier this year, Heading’s confidence is high.
He admitted: “The road to recovery had not been easy.
“I injured my knee just a week before the World Championships last year and it was soul destroying having to pull out.
“This is the first time I’ve headed into a competition in over nine months where I’ve felt fully fit and healthy.
“I’ve also made a few changes to my gun going into the event which will hopefully improve my performance and give me that extra boost to secure a Rio quota place.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this team.
“When we’re all together there is a real feeling of unity and togetherness. It’s a great group to be part of.
“I’m grateful for UK Sport and the National Lottery for providing the funding which is helping me to continue in the direction an achieve my dreams of a Rio quota place, which hopefully I will be one step closer to fulfilling in Maribor.”