Australian Paul Adams has taken the Silver Medal in Men’s Skeet today at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara Mexico.

This was the last event at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara which kicked off the season on March 1st.

When interviewed this morning Adams said “This was a great shoot, third World Cup and I’m on the podium, I’m completely humbled by this and truly overwhelmed,” dedicating his medal to his late grandfather, the inspiration for his shooting.

“I’m looking forward now to the Commonwealth Games and this is a fantastic way to enter on a high note – especially in my home town”.

Australian High Performance Shotgun Coach Adam Vella agreed. “It’s been a successful international start for Paul at the first World Cup of the 2018 series. Mexico is proving to be a favourite destination for him after taking a bronze in Acapulco in 2017. Taking silver is very important for Paul because it will give him a massive boost of confidence for the Commonwealth Games next month.”

World number one and Current Olympic champion Catherine Skinner took the silver in Women’s Trap at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara Mexico on Tuesday.

With only 7 days to go until the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and 23 days until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games it’s shaping up to be a great year for Australian sport shooting.

World number one and Current Olympic champion Catherine Skinner has taken Silver in Women’s Trap at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara Mexico.

The first competition of the season kicked off on March 1st in Guadalajara, opening the 2018 shooting sport season and delivering the first 15 gold medals of the season in the three disciplines – pistol, rifle, and shotgun.

Skinner was extremely pleased with her Silver Medal “I’m happy with the result. I started rough but I was able to recover. The bigger event has changed the dynamic, giving you a chance to recover after a bad round.”

404 athletes from 50 nations are competing in the 2018 ISSF World Cup. Events are being contested in two separate venues: the airgun events at the CODE Paradero; while the 25m, 50m and shotgun events at the Club Cinegetico Jalisciense.

With only 13 days to go until the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and 25 days until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this marks the start of a great year for Australian sports shooting.


Four defending champions, a gold medal winner and a host of debutants will be among the 28 athletes to take to the shooting range at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian team features a new generation of potential shooting stars, with seven members of the team under the age of 20 — including Tori Rossiter, 15.

They’ll have plenty of assistance, with Commonwealth Games veterans such as Bruce Quick and David Chapman by their sides.

Australian Team Chef de Misson Steve Moneghetti congratulated the athletes included in the team.

“We are announcing more and more athletes onto the Australian Team every day and it really is exciting for them,” Moneghetti said.

“We have some great young athletes in the Shooting Team and I welcome them with open arms.”

Pistol shooter and 2014 Glasgow gold medallist David Chapman has been named for his fourth Commonwealth Games and second on home soil following Melbourne 2006.

“It’s always great to have a mix of young and old on a team because it gives the youngsters a chance to get mentored by the experienced athletes,” said Chapman.

“I’m pretty confident of the sport’s future in Australia with the talent of these athletes here today.”

Daniel Repacholi, Bruce Quick, Elena Galiabovitch, Lalita Yauhleuskaya, Sergei Evglevski, and Kerry Bell combine with Chapman to make up the pistol representatives.

“I’m obviously aiming to get on the podium,” Chapman confirmed. “I certainly think I have what it takes to win and if all goes well I could walk away with a medal like I did in Glasgow.”

Two of Australia’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games shooting gold medals came from the shotgun discipline and there is plenty of depth amongst the Australian shotgun ranks.

Inaugural ISSF Trap Mixed Team Gold Medallist Thomas Grice joins fellow Commonwealth Games debutants Mitchel Iles, James Willett, James Bolding, and Aislin Jones, with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallists Laetisha Scanlan and Laura Coles, Olympic Gold medallist Catherine Skinner, and seasoned Commonwealth Games shooters Emma Cox, Gaye Shale, and Paul Adams.

We are looking for amazing things from the two rookie Fullbore shooters Jim Bailey and Ben Emms, who have big boots to fill. Bruce Scott won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in the open fullbore at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Rifle shooters Dane Sampson, Will Godward, Robyn Ridley, and Suzy Smith return to the Commonwealth Games and are joined by newcomers Emma Adams, James Daly, Alex Hoberg and Tori Rossiter.

There are around 190,000 tickets still available to 13 sports across the GC2018 competition schedule, including tickets to catch the world class shooting competition.

Tickets have been increasingly popular to shooting and limited tickets remain for three of the seven sessions across Sunday, 8 April to Saturday 14 April. Don’t miss out – visit for all ticketing updates.


Please contact:

Rob Cumbrae-Stewart
Commonwealth Games Australia
P: 0411 304 862
E: [email protected]

As we begin a new year we reflect on what happened last year in the participation space and here is a snapshot of the last few months.

Since the Member Body and State representatives met at the Governance Workshop Review 2 we received some fantastic feedback in relation to the proposed Whole of Sport Participation Plan. Based on the feedback from this session a draft Strategies and Outcome document was created and the Participation Working Group worked through this document to refine which strategies and outcomes were priorities. The Whole of Sport Participation Plan was then sent to all Member Bodies. The flagship for the first year of the plan was the concept of a National Come and Try Day.

Universally supported by the Member Bodies was the opportunity to take advantage of a home Commonwealth Games, leveraging off of the media coverage and success of our athletes and introduce new participants to the sport. Using this as an opportunity to create a movement that builds the public profile of the sport of shooting in Australia, creating positive experiences for clubs and new participants during, and subsequent to, the National Come and Try Day (NCAT) would become the focus of a newly formed Participation Action Group.

Expression of Interest were then requested first through our Member Bodies and then later through our website and social media channels. The result was a wealth of experienced and motivated ambassadors for the sport putting their hand up. Below is a list of each of the members who have been selected to sit on the Participation Action Group, along with representatives from both Shooting Australia and the Australian Sports Commission, and work together to make this an outstanding experience for all involved.

Bill Henry – QLD

Cath Leask – VIC

Murray Bow – WA

Mark Farrow – QLD

Andrew Sims – NSW

Kathy Cain – QLD

Daniel Spain – NSW

The group had their first teleconference on the 20th of December and meeting again in person in on the 16th of January 2018 and created the framework for how the NCAT will be delivered, you’ll hear more about this in future updates.

If you have any questions about the Participation Action Group or the National Come and Try Day or anything else mentioned in the Whole of Sport Participation Plan, please feel free to get in touch with the Shooting Australia office, we’d be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have.

Participation Plan since the last Governance Review Workshop

  • A draft copy of the Participation Plan was created and circulated to members of the Participation Working Group
  • Participation Working Group met in Adelaide on the 28th of August
  • Held debriefs with Group Members and received written feedback on the plan
  • A final draft was put to the Participation Working Group on the 20th of September
  • Whole-of-Sport Participation Plan went before the SA Board for approval
  • The Whole-of-Sport Participation Plan was presented to the Member Bodies on the 10th of October and subsequently made available through the Shooting Australia website

Participation and what we’ve done so far

  • Visited SA Endorsed events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide
  • Club visits in SA, VIC, NSW, QLD
  • Visited clubs from ACTA, PA, TRA, SCA
  • Been to Come & Try experiences and had a go at all disciplines visited
  • Club visits looking at junior clubs, others focused on student come and try days
  • Represented the sport at National ASC Participation Forums
  • Undertook the ISSF Shotgun Referee course to get a better understanding of the sport as well as to see how courses are run
  • Participated in Coaching and Officiating Framework workshops with the ASC
  • Invited to meet with the TRA board
  • Invited to the TRV Congress
  • Visited Far North Queensland clubs with Michelle Sandstrom from PSQ
  • Again invited by TRA Board to present an update on the Participation Plan
  • Para Shooting, classification and pathways meetings with the Australian Paralympic Committee to work toward creating a clear understanding of the pathway
  • Implemented the SA Officials Development Plan
  • Updated Assessor and Presenter database
  • Collaborated with Member Bodies to streamline coach cards and official database management
  • Visited PSQ Member Forum to discuss the upcoming National Come And Try Day (NCAT)
  • After an Expression of Interest process formed the Participation Action Group to help deliver the NCAT