SEAFORD College pupil Dan Tarrant insists the best way to put his London 2012 heartbreak behind him would be to claim gold at this month’s Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Despite being one of the youngest shooters to represent Great Britain at the European Championships back in May, Tarrant missed out on a place at the home Games this summer as Edward Ling was preferred in the Trap discipline – going on to finish 21st. But the 16-year-old has been selected as one of 120 athletes who will go Down Under to take on the best young athletes in the world when competition g0t underway in Sydney on January 16. And for Tarrant the chance to right the wrongs of this summer is something he is desperate to get right.
“Getting the kit makes it a bit more interesting that we are definitely going out to Australia and I am really looking forward to getting out there now,” he said. “For me it was something out of the blue because me originally aim had been to make London 2012 but unfortunately I just missed out on that.
“But I am fortunate that this opportunity has come along and I am grateful that I have been given the chance to make up for that disappointment.
“It was disappointing not making it to London 2012 but at the end of the day there is always the Commonwealth Games and Rio. I am always looking ahead, not back, and being selected for this is a great boost towards those competitions.”
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Words by Ben Baker, Sportsbeat, 0870 445 0156.