The SA Open is target shooting’s pinnacle domestic event and the finale of the Performance Series, but this year’s event saw something special. At the 2018 SA Open men and women, able-bodied shooters and para-shooters, all competed side by side in pursuit of the same simple goal – to be the best competitor on the range.
This year International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) and the World Shooting Para Sports (WSPS) events were combined wherever possible.
“It is important to us at Shooting Australia that we show not just through our words but also through our behaviours and actions that we are a sport for all Australians.” said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon.
“Seeing men and and women, able-bodied and para athletes–no segregation, all competing side by side for the very first time–reinforces for me the power of sport. I am proud of our organisation and of the sport of target shooting for making this happen.”
The SA Open ran from 2 November until 4 November at the Sydney International Shooting Centre at Cecil Park in Sydney’s west.
The SA Open results can be found on the Shooting Australia website at shootingaustralia.org, with a final results booklet and overall Performance Series winners list yet to come.