SINGAPORE - The Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) is banking on young guns to lift its shotgun programme from the doldrums, and has employed two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond to provide a shot in the arm.
The Australian will coach the national team until the 2015 SEA Games, visiting the Republic four times a year for about two weeks each time.
Shooters will also be sent to train with him in Australia before competing in a major event.
This is the first time a world-class shooter has been brought in to help the Republic's cause.
The 41-year-old has been tasked, in particular, with helping to develop the country's up-and-coming young shooters.
The SSA will also work with the Singapore Sports School to identify young talents for the shotgun discipline.
Said SSA president Michael Vaz: "We're in the process of getting some Secondary 3 students and even some Secondary 2s.
"My target is to win gold at the 2015 SEA Games and perhaps even qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games."