SOME athletes have a natural ability for their chosen sport and no matter how much training and hard work their competitors put in, the natural talent will always finish the better. Moranbah’s John Lisiewicz must be one of them.
The sure-eye pistol shooter not only took out the Centre Fire final at the State Pistol Championships in Brisbane last weekend, he did so with no training under his belt since his Commonwealth Games trials in June this year.
He exceeded all expectations, including his own, shooting a personal best of 579 out of a possible 600 point score.
“I haven’t shot that well in about 10 years I reckon,” the modest Lisiewicz said.
Going into last weekend’s championships, John wasn’t expecting anything spectacular from his Brisbane performance but it appears fortune was on side and his aim dead-on target.
“It was just my lucky day I reckon. I normally only shoot around 560 on the Centre Fire.
“I just went down there for a bit of fun.
“I’ve always said if you enjoy your shooting, the rest will come.”
In other disciplines John also excelled, placing second in the 50m Pistol and third in the Air Pistol.
John’s cool exterior, however, belies a fierce competitive edge and in past conversations with the eagle-eye marksman it’s been apparent that his desire to compete in the Commonwealth Games is still as strong as ever.
Earlier this year the champion shot was training every day in preparation for the Commonwealth trials and making significant progress, only to fall short on the final hurdle.
“I was shooting 560 out of 600 and then I’d go to the trials and shoot 530,” he told the Central Queensland News earlier this year.
“I just got so frustrated and couldn’t work out why I was shooting like that.”
It seems the nerves have settled, and going by last week’s 579 points score in the Centre Fire, the relaxed approach is paying off in spades for the Moranbah man.
The state meet was a one-off for Lisiewicz and he said there were no immediate plans for him to resume serious training or competition anytime soon.