When winter rains rolled in, Thomas Armstrong would find himself unable to play the outdoor sports he enjoyed.

So 18 months ago, the Plumpton teenager decided to try clay target shooting – and he’s been hooked ever since, winning several championships along the way.

The 16-year-old came first, against men and women of all ages, at last month’s Australian National Trap Championships in the single-barrel discipline in Wagga Wagga. He’ll be heading back to Wagga Wagga to represent Australia in its junior team next year.

And over the weekend of April 8 and 9, he made the Australian juniors team for the universal trench championships and will be heading to France later this year.

“I’m very proud,” Thomas said. “I look forward to representing Australia, not only in Australia, but also internationally.”

Last year, Thomas, 16, made the Australian world team to go to Ireland for the down the line championships in Ireland, coming home with a team gold medal.