Huckle is pleased with the way his winter training programme is going
Harlow shooter James Huckle says the 2011 season is the most important of his career so far.
The 20-year-old, who won four medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, competes in the IWK International Air Gun Competition in Munich this week.
This year sees six events that will act as qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics.
"2011 is the most important year. If I don't get a qualification place I really won't be competing in the London Olympics," he told BBC Essex.
Having made his mark on the senior international stage last year, the Essex marksman knows he needs to up his game even more in order to keep his career in the ascendency.
Every country will be sending all of their candidates heading for the Olympics and it's one of the biggest competitions of the year
James Huckle on the IWK International Air Gun Competition
"Every athlete has goals and I think technically I was maybe not as could as it could have been last year," he said.
"I've really improved, especially over the Christmas period and new year in my technical side of things.
"So, I'm hoping that along with the competition practice I'll be getting this year it will all come together and I'll produce some of the best performances that I've done."
For now, his sights are firmly set on his first competition of the year in Germany.
"Every country will be sending all of their candidates heading for the Olympics and it's one of the biggest competitions of the year," he said.
"So it will be a really good competition to see where we are at and obviously I hope to improve on that place throughout the year."