There isn’t much that South Australian shooter Victoria Rossiter hasn’t accomplished in 2018.
The teenager was the youngest member of the Australian shooting team at the Commonwealth Games in April this year before once again representing her country at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
Rossiter took up shooting at a young age after attending her brothers' training sessions and decided she wanted to give it a go.
"We were going down to the range two or three times a week so I was like 'I'm here, I might as well give it a go'," she said.
One of 28 shooters on the Australian team on the Gold Coast, Tori, as she is known, competed in the women’s 10m air rifle. She went on to be the only Aussie in the final of the event and finished seventh.
“I had such a big support system at Comm Games because it was in Australia,” she said.
“It meant so much to me especially being my first Games,” Rossiter said.
She then was off to Argentina as part of a team of three shooters including Olivia Erickson, who was competing in the 10m air pistol. Rossiter went on to make the final of the 10m air rifle after finishing fourth in the qualifications and finished eighth in the final.
After returning to Australia and having the chance to reflect back on what a year it has been, she’s proud of what she has been able to achieve.
“It’s been pretty amazing,” Rossiter said.
“I’m really proud of myself and I definitely wasn’t expecting to perform as well at this time last year.
“My scores have really improved and I wasn’t quite expecting that so I’m actually really happy with the results at the Comm Games and I was able to build on that at Youth Olympics.
“It’s genuinely been a really fun year for me,” she said.
So what’s next for Rossiter? The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is in her sites.
In February this year, the International Shooting Sport Federation announced they would be changing the rules on the allocation of Olympic quota places.
The Federation is aiming at attaining gender equality and as a result, a total of 360 quota places will be equally divided between men and women. It’s not an easy sport to qualify for with only 48 individual and 12 mixed team quota places are up for grabs.
The mixed team event is a new addition to the Olympics for 2020 and includes the 10m air rifle, which means Rossiter could be heading to Japan for two events.
“Next year, we have the qualifier for the Oceania team then if we qualify for the Oceania team then we go to Oceania’s at the end of next year where we have to win a quota place for the Olympics,” Rossiter said.
“We go through the selection in 2020 as to who will be sent for the quota places.
“I’m really glad that I got all this experience this year because I’m feeling pretty excited for the qualifications for Tokyo,” she said.
Next year is made a little more complicated for Rossiter as she will be looking to qualify for the XXXII Olympiad while also completing her Year 12 studies.
“I’m doing year 12 next year and it’s going to be a little bit of a struggle to balance everything out," she said.
"But I’m just going to try work on my fitness, on my mental [strength], my technique and will train harder once finishing year 12 and leading into 2020,” Rossiter said.