SHOOTING AUSTRALIA: 2018 SA Open. November 2, 2018. SISC, Cecil Park, NSW, Australia. Photo: Narelle Spangher, Shooting Australia: Gold Sally Johnston, Silver Scott Craig, Bronze Anton Zappelli – 50m Rifle Prone Mixed

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, with a final results booklet and overall Performance Series winners list yet to come.

The Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence function took place at the Novotel Sydney West HQ, Saturday 3 November. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Annabelle Williams OAM this event acknowledges the past year’s achievements from our Highest Performing Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Clubs, Teams and Volunteers, and sees the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy awarded to the Athlete of the Year.

Ashley Adams Athlete of the Year

 Presented by the 2017 winner of the 2017 recipient of the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy

The Athlete of the Year receives the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy, recognising the best and fairest athlete of a calendar year.

The winner of the 2018 Athlete of the Year Award and recipient of the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy is: Elena Galiabovitch.

Team of the Year

Presented by David Crosbee

The winner of the 2018 Team of the Year Award is: GC2018 Commonwealth Games Australia Shooting Team.

Para-shooter of the Year

Presented by Miroslav Sipek

The winner of the 2018 High Performance Para-shooter of the Year Award is: Scottie Brydon.

High Performance Athlete of the Year – Senior Male

Presented by Clive Pugh

The winner of the 2018 High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Senior Male is: Dane Sampson.

High Performance Athlete of the Year – Senior Female

Presented by Bruce Scott

The winner of the 2018 High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Senior Female is: Laetisha Scanlan.

Target Sport Athlete of the Year Award Senior Male

Presented by Bruce Scott

The winner of the 2018 Target Sport Athlete of the Year Senior Male 2018 is: Rod Davies.

Target Sport Athlete of the Year – Senior Female

Presented by Bruce Scott

The winner of the 2018 Target Athlete of the Year Senior Female is: Renae Birgan.

High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Junior Female

Presented by Catherine Clarke

The winner of the 2018 High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Junior Female is: Aislin Jones.

High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Junior Male

Presented by Catherine Clarke

The winner of the 2018 High Performance Athlete of the Year Award Junior Male is: Nathan Argiro.

Target Sport Athlete of the Year Award Junior Female

Presented by Ray Andrews

The winner of the 2018 Target Sport Athlete of the Year – Junior Female 2018 is: Isabelle Cameron.

Target Sport Athlete of the Year – Junior Male

Presented by Ray Andrews

The winner of the 2018 Target Sport Athlete of the Year – Junior Male is: Nathan Argiro.

Coach of the Year

Presented by Catherine Berry

The winner of the 2018 Coach of the Year is: Charlie Galea.

Official of the Year

Presented by Catherine Berry

The winner of the 2018 Official of the Year is: Gordon de Groen.

Club of the Year 

Presented by Catherine Berry

The winner of the 2018 Club of the Year is: Frankston Australian Clay Target Club.

Volunteer of the Year

Presented by Catherine Berry

The winner of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year is: Jane Vella.

three male Para shooters in wheelchairs with Scottie Brydon in the middle waving to the crowd

Scottie Brydon made history on French soil by setting a new world records on Friday (28 September) at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Chateauroux.

Scottie achieved a score of 37 in the PT1 (mixed trap seated SG-S), beating Great Britain’s Allan Ritchie by just one point. It was actually the latter who used to hold the world record of 34, set earlier this year at the Al Ain World Cup.

“I am very happy to have broken the world record. It was fantastic to compete at this range,” said Brydon.

Competition finishes on Saturday (29 September).

Chateauroux 2018 is being streamed live on World Shooting Para Sport’s website, where live results are also available.

Original article by World Shooting Para Sport can be found here

Australia emergers triumphant

The R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) was the most thrilling event of day 1 at the at the Chateauroux 2018 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in France and was only decided in a shoot-off. After both scoring 246.5 points, Australia’s Natalie Smith beat Germany’s Natascha Hiltrop 10.1 to 10.0. This means Natalie brings home a quota for Australia.

Australian veteran Christopher Pitt took bronze.

Chateauroux 2018 runs until 29 September and is being streamed live on World Shooting Para Sport’s website. , where live results are also available.

Original article by World Shooting Para Sport can be read here

Despite missing three of his last five targets, Australian Nathan Argiro finished atop the Trap Men Junior podium, preceding silver medalist Logan Joseph Lucas of the United States of America and bronze medalist Lorenzo Ferrari of Italy.

Two World Championship debutants battled for the Trap Men Junior gold medal at the Changwon International Shooting Centre in Changwon (KOR).

Australia’s Nathan Steven Argiro — whose best result in a Junior World Cup is a 5th place at this year’s competition in Sydney (AUS) — prevailed over 18-year-old Logan Joseph Lucas of the United States of America, making his first start ever in an ISSF competition.

Halfway through the final, the two youngsters were already standing in 1st and 2nd position, with the Australian leading on the American by the smallest margin. By missing six of the following 10 targets, however, Lucas allowed Argiro to take a four-hit lead, a lead that the young Australian shooter almost threw away when he missed three of his final five targets, finishing with 42 total hits out of 50 targets and securing the brightest medal.

Lucas concluded in 2nd position and won silver with 41 hits.

On the highest step of the team podium Australia claimed the gold medal with 348 total hits.

The original article by Marco Vettoretti can be found here
Photo: Photo: Alessandra Lazzarotto

Off the back of some impressive results at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, rifle shooters Victoria Rossiter and Alex Hoburg have been selected to represent Australia at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). 

Following in the footsteps of her brother, Rio Olympian and rifle shooter Jack Rossiter, Victoria took out seventh place at this year’s Commonwealth Games Women’s 10m Air Rifle finals and at just 16 years-old, she was the only Australian female to make an appearance in that final. 

Seventeen-year-old Hoburg paints a similar picture, just missing out on a medal with fourth place in the Commonwealth Games Men’s 10m Air Rifle finals and finishing just three places behind fellow Aussie and two-time Olympian, Dane Sampson. 

The youngest of the group, 15-year-old Olivia Erickson also joins the YOG Team as the sole representative for Australia in pistol shooting. 

Boasting several Junior National Championship titles along with the 2017 Oceania Junior Championship crown, Erickson bolsters Australia’s YOG shooting squad.

For these youngsters to qualify for YOG, they had to participate in three qualifying competitions, and a nomination decision was made by Shooting Australia based on their combined scores along with other attributes. 

Victoria Rossiter explained the most challenging part of her qualifying process was when she competed in two competitions in the space of a few hours. 

“For us to qualify for YOG, we had to participate in two qualification competitions on the same day,” she said.  

“In the morning, we had the first 60 shot match and later that afternoon we had the second one.  

“This required some extra preparation for me because shooters are usually not required to shoot that amount of focused, hard competition shots in such a short amount of time.” 

But for Rossiter, the sacrifice has been worth it. 

“I have always loved the sport, and it’s something that I’m really passionate about.  

“I think that in order to get to the highest level of your sport you have to love what you do and be willing to make sacrifices.  

“There was no moment where I thought I couldn’t pursue shooting professionally, as long as I love what I do, I’ll keep working hard to be the best I can be,” she said.

Alex Hoburg shares a similar passion to his teammate. 

“Making the Australian Team has been my biggest motivation for the last few years. Ever since I started shooting at 13, my goal was to make the Youth Olympics,” he said. 

But Hoburg’s dreams of representing Australia at YOG were almost dashed before they had been realised. 

“My first reaction when I found out that I made the Australian Team for YOG was a sigh of relief! I was so unsure if I would actually be selected,” he said.  

“Even though our sport won three quota places, we were stripped of one for a period of time which meant that one of the three selected athletes wasn’t going to make the team. Thankfully that didn’t happen!” 

Shooting may seem like a left-of-field sporting choice, but for all three shooters spending quality time with family has been what lead them down a sporting path historically less travelled by the youth of today. 

Rossiter credits her brother Jack with igniting her interest in pursuing pistol shooting professionally. 

“My brother started pistol shooting when he was young,” the Onkarparinga Hills local said. 

“I would come along to the range with my father and Jack after school, so I thought I might try it, seeing as I was there!  

“Ever since it has been a sport both my brother and I love to do together, and he is my inspiration,” she said. 

For Hoburg, it was doing archery with his Dad which eventually lead to his transition to rifle shooting. 

“Dad and I did archery for a number of years before I started rifle shooting.”

“At the range, another shooter asked dad if I was interested in trying target air rifle. I jumped at the suggestion and after a few visits to the range I showed a little bit of natural aptitude. I loved it and decided to pursue rifle shooting as a sport,” Hoburg said. 

Erickson pursued pistol shooting after initially picking it up as a way to bond with her father. 

“My father got me into pistol shooting, he wanted to be part of a club and thought it would be a great idea for us to spend time together, but once I started to compete with other shooters it motivated me to want to improve and become more serious,” the Greta NSW local said. 

“The first time I went overseas to compete in the Junior World Championships, I came 17th in my other discipline. I remember thinking that with more experience and a bit more training I could take this further than just a past-time.” 

You can see Victoria, Alex and Olivia compete at Buenos Aires between 6-18 October 2018. 

Learn more about them and other YOG athletes HERE  

Original article by Liana Buratti linked here

Two years from today, Australia’s Olympic Team will walk into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues.

Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian 2020 Team, says planning is well underway to send what will be one of Australia’s biggest ever Olympic Teams.

“We are looking at a team of around 470 athletes and the two years to go mark provides a focus for everyone striving to be part of the Australian Team in Tokyo,” Chesterman said.

“We know that our athletes and coaches are really excited about the opportunity ahead and we wish them all the very best with their preparations.

“The venues are looking first rate and we have great confidence in the Tokyo organisers to put on a wonderful Games.

“I’m sure the Japanese people will make the Opening Ceremony one to remember.”

Tokyo 2020 will debut karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing at the Olympics, with softball and baseball returning for the first time since Beijing 2008.

“These new sports open the Olympic movement to a new generation of athletes who can represent their country at the highest level, inspiring countless other young Australians to follow in their footsteps,” Chesterman said.

Six-time World Surf League Women’s World Champion Steph Gilmore is looking forward to surfing’s Olympic debut.

“It’s exciting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are only two years away today and to think surfing will make its debut in such an awesome location as Japan is equally exciting,” Gilmore said.

“I know the current Surfing Australia National Squad will have goose bumps thinking about the opportunity to show the world what our sport is all about to an audience like no other.”

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said Tokyo 2020 will offer Australians a viewer-friendly Olympic experience.

“Given the small time difference between Australia and Japan, this is in some ways a home Games.

“With a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues, this will be a sports lovers’ nirvana that we can all experience without climbing out of bed early in the morning to see our Olympians competing.”

Ticket Offer

Fans who want to get in early to secure tickets for their favourite sports and sessions in Tokyo can beat the rush through a special offer launched today by CoSport, the AOC’s Official Ticket and Hospitality Provider.

To celebrate two years to go, the Priority Access Package sale announced by CoSport also includes a five percent (5%) discount on the packages which are available from today at

The packages will secure buyers both tickets and hotel accommodation. The discount and priority access to tickets is being offered to members of the public who commit to purchasing the packages before September 30th, 2018.

Original article appeared here

In a balanced match to close the action-packed third day of competition at the Shooting Sport Centre in Suhl (GER) Australian team Nathan Steven Argiro (19) and Alexis Elsa Preston (17) took silver in the Trap Mixed Team Junior at the ISSF Junior World Cup, coming second to Italy’s Teo Petroni (20) and Erica Sessa (19)–who also placed 1st at this year’s Junior World Cup in Sydney.

Between June 22nd and June 29th the German city is hosting the second ISSF Junior World Cup of the season.

A total of 761 junior athletes are participating in the competition, representing 61 National Olympic Committees and piling up a total of 1544 starts, the greatest number of participants yet for an ISSF Junior World Cup.

For the Trap Mixed Team Junior complete results click here.


Photo: Nicolò Zangirolami

Seventh edition of the Shooting Para Sport Worlds heads to Australia

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Coming off the back of a successful 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, World Shooting Para Sport has revealed the host of the 2019 edition.

Sydney, Australia, is next in line to welcome the top shooters from around the world next October, with detailed competition dates to be announced.

The 2019 World Championships aligns with the change to odd-year Championships, as the previous six editions were held every four years in between Paralympic Games. It will be organised by Shooting Australia.

The competition will take place with under a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and will be the international federation’s largest quota allocation event for those upcoming Games.

Additionally, the 2019 Worlds will see the first shooting Para sport event to combine rifle, pistol and the newly-added Para trap disciplines. Only a year ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved Para trap as an official discipline under World Shooting Para Sport.

Tyler Anderson, World Shooting Para Sport Manager said: “After a successful event in Cheongju, we now turn our sights to the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships to take place in Sydney, Australia. This is planned to be our most marquee event ever outside of the Paralympic Games with our new World Championships structure, and it carries great significance with less than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“The Sydney International Shooting Centre and Shooting Australia have an excellent reputation for hosting world-class events. With a newly renovated venue and experienced staff, we are thrilled to offer 54 quotas and 54 chances for athletes to chase their Paralympic dream.”

Damien Marangon, Chief Executive Officer of Shooting Australia, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Sydney 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships.

“This is a critical event in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. We look forward to delivering a world-class event and to welcoming our shooting Para sport friends and family from across the globe to what promises to be an amazing event.

“We’ve got a great venue, a great location and we can’t wait to host the World Championships here in 2019.

“We’re really excited and lucky to have been at the 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, and we learned a lot. They did a great job just in terms of how smooth it went and other areas such as transport, and we were there to take away some things that could make our World Championships even better.”

Australia saw success in Cheongju with team silver in the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1).

Sydney held a World Cup in September 2015, which provided direct quota allocations to the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and the 2019 Worlds will be held in a newly-renovated shooting range used during the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

Original story linked here can be found on World Shooting Para Sport.