There were over 2,500 shooters, over 96 countries and 30 scenario based stages during this competition. I came here believing in my skills and to just implement the plan (thanks J!). Stage after stage, I applied the plan. As a result, I was able to do something that no other shooter for the past 12yrs has done; that is, to take the lead and fight for the Gold all the way to the finish. At the end of the World Shoot, I won the silver medal for my 2nd place overall finish. As the team captain for the US Gold team, I am proud to say that I led my team to winning the gold in the Team event. This officially places me as #2 in the world and #1 in the USA.The end result of this world shoot has taught me an invaluable lesson about life. It has taught me that there will always be deterrents that come your way during the worse times. But, if you believe in your purpose, set a higher standard, (have a plan) and never settle, you will never come short in life or in this case the World Shoot. It is an amazing accomplishment for me because even though I didn’t win the Individuals this time, I have realized that it is not impossible. With a little more training and preparation on both my shooting and mental focus, I can win against this European shooter.
Pistol shooting started out as just a hobby, and as a necessity for self-defense in the Philippines (I was 9 when I first started carrying a 1911). Now, that little hobby has catapulted into my profession, has allowed me to meet some of the greatest people, get a dream job, meet my beautiful wife, and even “made History” on TV! :-)
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