Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Battles of the Mind

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Battles of the Mind

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Ben Turnbull

THE battle won in the mind can determine the results of many sporting contests, the mentally stronger competitor often takes the win.

And when Sam Bylsma claimed a bronze medal in the team event at the Shotgun World Cup in Suhl, Germany, he knew his own fantastic performance was due to the hard work he had done to be able to concentrate and handle the pressure.

Finishing behind European powerhouses Italy and France as a team was a great result for Australia and Bylsma's own finishing position -- in the top 50% -- added to the exhilaration of competing on the world stage.

The pressure on individual shooters is immense. Bylsma said when he was standing on the post he had to focus on just one thing.

"There's a lot going on in my head, it's very mental this game. As long as you can keep your thoughts focussed on what you want to do and have positive thoughts you're going to succeed," Bylsma told the NewsMail.

"I just try and think about what I'm going to do, and how I'm going to focus on this target coming out here. …

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