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 gc2018.com for all ticketing updates.

FOR FURTHER MEDIA INFORMATION

Please contact:

Rob Cumbrae-Stewart
Commonwealth Games Australia
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The Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence function takes place at the newly redeveloped Belmont Shooting Complex in Queensland this evening, Sunday 3 December. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Annabelle Williams OAM this event acknowledges the past year’s achievements from our High Performance Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers, and sees the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy awarded to the Athlete of the Year.

 (This page will be updated as nominees and winners are announced – to read the announcements in chronological order, scroll to the bottom of the page and work backwards)

 


Athlete of the Year

 Presented by Anne Marie Harrison

The Athlete of the Year receives the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy, recognising the best and fairest athlete of a calendar year as voted upon by only Aiming4Gold squadded athletes.

The winner of the 2017 Athlete of the Year Award and recipient of the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy is: Penny Smith.

 


Female Shooter of the Year

Presented by Craig Phillips

The winner of the 2017 Female Shooter of the Year Award is: Penny Smith.

 


Male Shooter of the Year

Presented by Craig Phillips

The winner of the 2017 Male Shooter of the Year Award is: James Willett.

 


Para-shooter of the Year

Presented by Miroslav Sipek

The co-winners of the 2017 Para-shooter Athlete of the Year Award are: Chris Pitt and Anton Zapelli.

 


Fellowship Award

Presented by Annabelle Williams and Catherine Fettell

The Fellowship Award is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the sport of shooting.

The winner of the 2017 Fellowship Award is: Rod Sampson.


Junior Pistol Athlete of the Year

Presented by Vladimir Galiabovitch

The winner of the 2017 Junior Pistol Athlete of the Year Award is: Sergei Evglevski.

 


Junior Rifle Athlete of the Year

Presented by Petr Kurka

The winner of the 2017 Junior Rifle Athlete of the Year Award is: Alex Hoberg.

 


Junior Shotgun Athlete of the Year

Presented by Adam Vella

The winner of the 2017 Junior Shotgun Athlete of the Year Award is: Jack Wallace.

 


Volunteer of the Year

Presented by Ray Andrews

The winner of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award is: Kathy Cain.

 


Official of the Year

Presented by Rod Sampson

The winner of the 2017 Official of the Year Award is: Sharon Reynolds.

 


Coach of the Year

Presented by Andrew Sims and Clive Pugh

The winner of the 2017 Coach of the Year Award is: Dean Brus.

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The past five days have seen over 300 athletes from around the world competing in the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (CSF) and Oceania Shooting Federation (OSF) Championships in Brisbane.

Competitors from 23 different nations are participating in Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, and Fullbore events at the Belmont Shooting Complex.

The CSF and OSF Championships together serve as a great competition trial for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and a string of podium finishes in this week’s competition gives the Australian team reason for confidence in the leadup to that event.

Competition runs until 8 November.


Shooting Australia has today become aware that Olympic shooting gold medallist Michael Diamond has been successful in an appeal against his May firearms convictions.

Michael has been a great servant of Australian sport in the past and if he chooses to re-engage in top-level competition he is entitled to do so, and will have to apply to Registry to have his Firearms License returned.

Shooting Australia’s focus remains the development of top-level athletes for now and the future; the sport delivers a performance-based program and should Michael return to competition his selection to teams and squads–including those of the 2018 Commonwealth Games–will be based on his performance.

We have remained in contact with Michael and his support team during this process and whatever Michael decides to do we we wish him well.


Australians Tom Grice and Penny Smith are the inaugural ISSF World Champions in the Trap Mixed Team event, coming from behind to defeat Spain’s Antonio Bailon and Beatriz Martinez to win gold at the Foxlodge Shooting Range in Moscow (RUS) overnight.

Australia had two teams competing for podium placing and after Catherine Skinner and Jack Wallace were knocked out by bronze medallists Ashley Carroll and Derek Haldeman (USA) all eyes were on Grice and Smith.

Bailon and Martinez raced out to a seemingly-insurmountable early lead, at one point enjoying a comfortable 6-hit margin, before the Australians reeled in the Spanish pair and overtook them to win by a single hit 33-32.

Grice and Smith were understandably jubilant. “We went in to the final really focussed, and after what felt like a roller coaster ride we’ve come out as the first ever Trap Mixed Team World Champions. We are thrilled!”

“This team just keeps giving,” said Shooting Australia General Manager High Performance Adam Sachs. “Penny and Tom showed true grit and tonight Australia has two new World Champions. The energy in this team has been building all week and and we’re not done yet. We want to propel our Double Trap Men and Skeet Men and Women to success in the coming days. I hope that everyone at home is as proud as we are of what Shooting Australia has achieved on this world stage.”

“We’re pleased that both our mixed teams made it into the Trap Mixed Team final, and Penny and Tom in particular put in a great performance. They showed great courage and determination,” said Shooting Australia National High Performance Shotgun Coach Adam Vella. “We want to maintain this momentum with Double Trap and Skeet still to come.”

When quizzed by media on their impressions of Russia and the championship Grice summed up the team’s rollercoaster win, laughing as he replied “I love Russia now!”

640 athletes from 76 nations are competing in the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, held at the Fox Lodge shooting club in Moscow (RUS) from the 30th of August through the 10th of September.


Australian Jack Wallace has achieved a bronze-medal finish in Trap Men Junior at the ISSF World Championship Shotgun in Moscow (RUS), behind France’s Clement Bourgue of France (gold) and Italy’s Matteo Marongiu (silver).

It was not the only time Wallace stood on the podium overnight, as he won gold with teammates Mitchell Iles and Adam Bylsma in the Trap Men Junior Team event for the three to be named 2017 Trap Junior Team World Champions.

“Today has been another amazing day for the Australian team with Jack Wallace taking bronze in the Junior Men’s Trap,” commented Shooting Australia General Manager High Performance Adam Sachs. “Jack’s medal is a fitting reward for the focus and composure under pressure that he has shown over the last three days of qualifying.”

Sachs continued: “The talent of the Australian team’s young athletes is generating a lot of attention here in Moscow, and they’ve shown they deserve it. Jack and Mitch qualified equal first for the individual finals, and with Adam Bylsma the Junior Men’s Trap team are now world champions.”

“Having Australian juniors in positions 1 and 2 after qualification on scores that would have put them into the senior final was a proud moment,” said Shooting Australia National High Performance Shotgun Coach Adam Vella. “We’re in exciting times as the depth of our youth talent seems to be only growing stronger.”

Wallace, Iles, and Bylsma were in high spirits after their gold medal win, commenting with tongues held firmly in-cheek: “We didn’t come to take part–we came to take over!”

640 athletes from 76 nations are competing in the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, held at the Fox Lodge shooting club in Moscow (RUS) from the 30th of August through the 10th of September.


Current Olympic champion Catherine Skinner has been narrowly defeated by Jessica Rossi of Italy in the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

Australian Skinner lost to Rossi, herself a former Olympic champion, in a close final that saw the two athletes alternating in the lead up until the 41st shot when Rossi opened up a two-point lead that she held to the end. Third place went to 2008 and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova of Slovakia.

A disappointed but gracious Skinner paid tribute to Rossi’s resurgent form, observing after the match “(y)ou can’t beat someone who doesn’t miss!”

“It’s great to see Catherine on the podium again today in her first International competition since Rio,” said Shooting Australia National High Performance Shotgun Coach Adam Vella. “Her training and mental preparation leading up to this event have been exceptional, and we thank all our service providers from the VIS for supporting Catherine and our high-performance shooting program.”

“Catherine did an amazing job to take the silver medal today. I couldn’t be more proud of the way that she and our entire team have performed at this year’s World Champs,” added Shooting Australia General Manager High Performance Adam Sachs. “And we still have lots more to come. We’ve set our sights on success in a number of events and Catherine has started us off nicely. ”

640 athletes from 76 nations are competing in the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, held at the Fox Lodge shooting club in Moscow (RUS) from the 30th of August through the 10th of September.


Australian Paul Adams has added a second World Cup medal to his collection, taking bronze in the Skeet Men at the ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico – his second consecutive World Cup medal after bronze in New Delhi, India last month.

“I am very happy to come away with another medal from Acapulco,” said Adams. “The weather conditions have been testing, but I shot well to finish on the podium. I’m working towards getting on the top later in the year!“

Shooting Australia Shotgun National Coach Adam Vella commented: “Great to see Paul take home another medal. His confidence is high and he’s learned what it takes to deliver results on the World Stage. I want to see him keep this momentum and step up to a new level. Another successful event for team Australia!”

“This is a great result for Paul and builds on the medal he won at the first World Cup of the year,” said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon. “This second World Cup medal from as many events is a demonstration that Paul is fulfilling the potential and talent that we have seen in him.”

This wraps up another successful World Cup event for the Australian team, who arrive home from Mexico on Thursday.


Australian James Willett has taken Silver in the men’s Double Trap at the ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, separated from winner Ankur Mittal (India) by only 2 points in a close final.

“I’m stoked to come away with the silver medal. Thanks to all those supporting me along the way,” said the gracious New South Welshman.

The final placing was a reversal of last month’s Double Trap Final at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India, in which Willett took gold and Mittal silver.

National Shotgun coach Adam Vella said “James really couldn’t get into his normal groove throughout practice and had to dig deep against a very strong field. We’re all proud of him for his latest podium finish.”

Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon commented “James continues to go from strength to strength. He is a wonderful athlete and ambassador for our sport and deserves this success. We are really excited to be part of James’s journey and we look forward to seeing him represent the country at the Commonwealth Games.”

Willett now sets his sights on the next selection event, which takes place on home soil in Melbourne from 12-14 May.


Well that’s that then! Our shooting athletes are on their way home from New Delhi after one of the most successful World Cup events ever – and this achievement from a team with an average age of 23.

Expectations were high, with new Shotgun National Coach Adam Vella accompanying the Shotgun team away to the first ISSF World Cup event since his appointment.

Before departure Adam was excited to see how our athletes performed at the first World Cup event of 2017. But in a late-night call back to Australia he exclaimed: “In all my years involved with Shotgun I can’t remember a team winning medals in all three Shotgun events at the same World Cup!”

No doubt someone, somewhere, will know if that is true or not – but until told otherwise we’ll take it.

Our first medallist was 21-year-old Penny Smith who won Gold and the first World Cup medal of her career. The lifeguard and swim teacher dedicated her world-record win to her Gran.

Next came another win and another world record for James Willett, who won Gold in the men’s Double Trap. 21-year old James has had an outstanding 2017 so far, being named Shooting Australia’s Male Shooter of the Year for the second year in a row and winning the Men’s Trap event at the Sydney Cup 1 in February.

Lastly Paul Adams took Bronze in the Men’s Skeet event, his first appearance in a World Cup Final. Nurse Adams will certainly have something to tell his patients about on Monday.

Australia’s achievements weren’t restricted to India. Anton Zappelli took Bronze in the R6 50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 at the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, his first R6 World Cup medal.

Narrowly missing out on podium finishes this week were: Laetisha Scanlan, 7th in the Women’s Trap; Dane Sampson, who came 6th in his first World Cup Final in the 10M Air Rifle Men; Chris Pitt, who came 5th in the P1 10m Air Pistol Men SH1n the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup; and Anton Zappelli also came 6th in the R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup.

Australian target shooting has made an incredibly strong start to 2017. Roll on Mexico and roll on Commonwealth Games 2018!