Small-bore rifle shooter Ben Taylor, from St. John’s, competed in his first World Cup competition today in Munich, Germany.
The current junior and senior provincial men’s champion earned a score of 575 out of 600, earning himself the right to compete for the World Cup in future competitions.
Taylor was competing in the minimum qualifying score group, where he was required to score above the minimum of 570.
Taylor has been competing in air rifle competitions for four years, recently earning a third place overall at the 2012 Canadian Air Gun Grand Prix in Toronto.
He also earned a gold medal in Expert class and was part of a junior team which set a new national record at the 2011 Canadian National Smallbore Rifle Championships.
Taylor is a member of the junior team, and was invited to test himself against world class athletes in Germany.
The only other Canadian competing with Taylor was Cory Neifer, who fired 592 to place 48th in the World Cup.