is the fastest steel shooter alive today.
Nobody will argue with Jethro T. Dionisio's
impressive championship record that includes
three Steel Challenge (World Speed Shooting
Championship) crowns (1990, 1992, 1993)
and three World Shoot-off Championships
(1993, 1994, 1995). His six world titles
stand as the most dazzling string of world
shooting championships in the 1990s.
an action world traditionally dominated
by shooters from the U.S.A., Jethro is the
only non-American who has made it into the
elite circle of world-class shooting champions.
He walks confidently on the same playing
field as Rob Leatham, Jerry Barnhart, Doug
Koenig, Micky Fowler and John Pride.
it is his youth that sets him apart from
the rest of the world's best. He's eleven
years younger than Rob Leatham and thirteen
years younger than Jerry Barnhart. Jethro
was only fifteen when he won his first national
championship in the Philippines and seventeen
years old when he won his first of many
of Jethro's adolescent years were spent
on the shooting race-tracks of the world.
While most kids were playing teenage games,
the youthful Jethro was shooting for the
world records. His father, Joe Dionisio,
was always by his side orchestrating their
every move. Every Jethro Dionisio championship
is a Joe Dionisio championship because Joe
is the moving spirit behind the success
of the Jet. "We are inter-dependent
of each other," Joe says. And their
teamwork has yielded great success.
working relationship between Joe and Jethro,
however, is one that's not easy to fathom.
As Jethro's coach, Joe pushes his prodigy
to the hardest physical and mental limits
necessary to win world championships. As
Jethro's father, he aspires to place his
son on a career path that would cement the
young man's fiscal and personal success
in the years to come. Their mixed roles
are not always compatible. Joe says, "we've
been shooting together for a long time,
but Jethro has grown-up and he now wants
to make his own decisions."
Jethro ready to set out on his own? Is Joe
ready o let him go ? Jet's doting father
says, "Sure, I would like to see him
go on his own," But Jethro's coach
is holding him back, "I'll never be
convinced that the time will ever be right
for me to let him go."
has done a lot of maturing in the last two
years. The many championship battles he
has won has toughened him and made him one
of the most formidable opponents in the
competition shooting circuit. At he young
age of 23, Jethro Dionisio has etched his
name in the annals of modern competition
best shooting is still to come and more
championships loom big in his future. Joe
dreams of the day when his son can become
the best shooter in history. It will be
a tough row to hoe, but Jethro has youth
and exuberance on his side and something
else. He has inherited Joe Dionisio's heart
and passionate desire for winning. And that,
by itself, is a guarantee for success.