THE determination to do his best and the support of family members are what keep the passion burning for skeet shooter Brian Rosario no matter how tall the odds he’s facing in the London Olympics.
“He’s doing well in practice, he’s shooting 24 over 25 now, but I hope he reaches his peak next week (when competition begins),” said Philippine National Shooting Association president Mikee Romero as he updates the condition of the country’s lone entry in shooting. “He’s very a determined shooter and he wants to prove something.”
Rosario made it to the Olympics as a wild card entry, and while he did not promise to bring home a medal of any color, he committed to his family to do his utmost best and make them proud.
“Wala naman siyang pinangako sa amin basta gagawin niya daw ang lahat para gumanda lalo ang performance niya,” said Paul Rosario, Brian’s father. “He’s been shooting since 12 years old, so this is his ultimate dream.”
Romero will join the Philippine delegation on Monday to personally support Rosario’s campaign.
The Filipino shooter, accompanied by coach Gay Corral, plunges into action on Monday next week, with the top six qualifiers from the field of 37 advancing to the finals the following day.
Weather is no longer a problem for Rosario, saying he’s already used to it.
“Three weeks na sila dun, so they are already acclimatized,” said Romero.
Standing in his way are American Vincent Hancock and Norway’s Tore Brovold – the gold and silver medalists, respectively in the Beijing Olympics.