An Olympics omission will fuel Thomas Ashmore's desire to push for higher honours as the rapid-fire shooter targets the National Performance Series.
Australia's leading pistol athletes have intensified their preparation for the Tokyo Games via a month-long training camp at the Brisbane International Shooting Centre.
Ashmore has joined team led by Vladimir Galiabovitch for eight days, with the Canberran looking to further his progression ahead of the qualifying season.
It's the first in-person camp Ashmore has attended since falling short of Olympics selection last year, when his friend Sergei Evglevski earned Australia's sole quota spot for the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event.
He's now shooting towards the Oceania Championships, which he hopes to use as a launching pad for Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships to be held in India next January.
"It's the main one Vlad and I have talked about, qualifying for Oceania and using that as a stepping stone into the Commonwealth Championships next year," Ashmore said.
"It's good to have that feeling of a squad again. We've had lots of virtual competitions over the last year, but it's good to actually see people in person and train with those I compete against and work with on a weekly basis."
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The training camp will conclude with the BISC Cup on January 29-31, but Ashmore will only be able to compete if his event falls on the weekend schedule due to work commitments.
He could also miss the Oceania Championships, with the Canberran's wedding also set for November.
With Tokyo now six months away, 24-year-old Ashmore has had time to reflect on his misfire and is aiming to compete at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
"It was definitely tough being there and knowing I had a pretty good chance at making it. When I didn't perform as well as I could have in selections, it was accepting in the end that one of my best mates made the squad ahead of me - he's definitely deserving of it," Ashmore said.
"Sergei is an amazing shooter and I'm glad he got selected over me. If it was to be anyone else, I'm happy it was him.
"Definitely Paris. That's the goal. I know what I've done wrong in this selection, it was the first I've gone for, I learned a lot from it and know what I need to do in the next one.
"We only had one spot for this Olympics, the ideal goal will be to have two. It's less stress on the mind but also trying to get that top spot of the two as well."