Paralympian Anton Zappelli has won an international bronze medal in his first World Cup outing for the year competing in the UAE.
The experienced marksman scored 209.9 points for third place in the R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 at the Para Sport World Cup event held in the Emirates city of Al Ain.
Zappelli was awarded funding support through the Wally Foreman Foundation in late 2018 after a season that saw the Willagee resident secure a selection berth for Australia at next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The Rio 2016 team member will utilise his funding to batch test ammunition in the hope of ensuring he is using the best competition grade products to boost his hopes of filling the representative spot that he has earned for Australia when the Games take place in Japan in 2020.
His early season form suggests that he will be tough to beat, with the 47 year-old expressing delight at his medal winning performance in the Middle East.
"I'm happy that all my hard work is starting to pay off," he said.
Shooting Australia High Performance Team Manager Kurt Olsen added: "It gives us a great platform to build momentum for the rest of the week and then on to the World Championships in Sydney later this year."
The gold medal in Al Ain was claimed by Slovakian shooter Radoslav Malenovsky with silver going to German Natascha Hiltrop.
For more info on WA's high performance athletes, please visit the WA Institute of Sport website.