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.”

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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.

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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.

Australian shooting athlete Elena Galiabovitch has followed up her Silver and Bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with Gold at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon (KOR).

The 28-year-old Aussie achieve not only a personal best score of 296 but also the first World Cup medal of her career, prevailing over People’s Republic of China’s Lin Yuemei after not one but two thrilling shoot-offs.

In the second decisive tie-breaker the Australian was victorious with 3 hits against 2 to take the gold medal.

When quizzed about Elena’s success Australia’s High Performance Pistol National Coach Vladimir Galiabovitch replied “We knew what needed to be done to be better.”

Melbourne-based doctor Galiabovitch was modest but extremely happy with her win, and when asked about her plans for the World Championship simply responded “I’ve still got to be selected by the Australian Team!”

Photo: Nicolò Zangirolami

The 28-year-old Aussie took the first World Cup medal of her career in Changwon (KOR), prevailing over People’s Republic of China’s Lin Yuemei after two thrilling shoot-off series. Yao Yushi, also of the People’s Republic of China, took bronze.

The second competition day at the ISSF World Cup Stage 2 in Changwon (KOR) opened with an exciting final in the 25m Pistol Women event, as Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch took her first World Cup medal after a spectacular duel with People’s Republic of China’s Lin Yuemei.

In fact, after they both concluded the match with 34 hits, Galiabovitch and Lin had to go through a shoot-off to determine the gold and the silver medalist, both scoring 2 hits in their first additional round and winning the applause of a packed finals hall. In the second, decisive tie-breaker, then, the Australian 28-year-old prevailed with 3 hits against 2, pocketing the gold medal and adding it the silver she won on April 10th at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast (AUS).

The ISSF World Cup Stage 2 in Changwon will continue tomorrow with three more finals: the 25m Pistol Women, taking place at 11:30 pm (UTC+9:00), the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team, scheduled at 1:45 pm, and the Trap Women, taking place at 4:15 pm.

The original article by Marco Vettoretti can be found here

Photo: Nicolò Zangirolami

Australian Team Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti today thanked the people of the Gold Coast and Queensland for hosting a memorable Commonwealth Games.

Australian Athletes including gold medallists Mark Knowles, Bronte Campbell, Dan Repacholi, Madison de Rosario and Gold Coast local Skye Nicolson gathered at Surfers Paradise this morning to thank the local community for their overwhelming support of the Games.

Moneghetti said the support of Gold Coast locals, Queensland and across Australia had helped the entire team achieve incredible results. “I am incredibly proud of our Australian Team for how they have competed and the success which they have achieved on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“Our total of 198 medals including 80 gold is the best return from an Australian Commonwealth Games team since our last home Games in Melbourne 2006. “But the medal tally is just one measure of success.

“I have been so thrilled to see how our athletes have embraced competing in front of a home crowd. In every venue, at every session, the support for our team was just amazing.

“Our Australian team totalled 710, but it felt like we had the support of more than 24 million Australian’s on our side.

“That support also came from the enormous group of wonderful volunteers who made these Games possible and who offered a friendly face at every turn,” he said.

Australian Commonwealth Games CEO Craig Phillips said success on the Gold Coast had been a team effort. “Gold Coast 2018 has been an overwhelming success,” he said.

“Australia has a proud history of hosting successful Commonwealth Games and Gold Coast 2018 will long be remembered as one of the best.

“The support for our Australian Team and the overall success of the event has really shown us that the Games will always have a home in Australia.

“Commonwealth Games Australia is proud to have worked closely with key delivery partners including GOLDOC, Queensland Government, Gold Coast City Council and Australian Government to deliver a great event. Our high performance partners including the AIS, State and Territory Institutes of Sport and Australian Paralympic Committee helped create the successful performance environment for our team that gave them every chance of success.

“We also acknowledge the wonderful support of the Commonwealth Games Australia sponsor family led by The Star, Griffith University, Tafe Queensland, Optus, Atos and Woolworths,” Phillips said.

The original article can be found on the Commonwealth Games website here

BRISBANE – Defending champion David LUCKMAN (ENG) was chaired from the range after winning his second gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, adding the Queen’s prize individual fullbore rifle gold medal to his pairs crown at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Saturday 14 April.

It means he has won the individual and pairs titles at consecutive Commonwealth Games. On Saturday (14 April) he also broke the Games record he set at Glasgow 2014 (401-42 central bulls) with 404 points and 49 central bulls.

Silver medallist Jim BAILEY (AUS) led the three-day competition – which is shot from 300, 500 and 600 yards twice and then from 900 and 1000 yards on the third day – from the second range on Wednesday 11 April, but was shadowed by LUCKMAN throughout.

LUCKMAN then narrowed the margin with a brilliant 900-yard shoot, pulling back four central bulls to trail by just one central bull heading into the final range. Then he pounced in the final 15-shot round, with five central bulls worth 74-6.

England’s Parag PATEL overturned his lower-ranked position with the best score of the final round (75-7) to claim bronze, his eighth Commonwealth Games medals from four appearances.

LUCKMAN enjoyed the tradition of sitting aloft the Queen’s chair, which is honoured by Queen’s prize winners around the globe.

He rode on the shoulders of fellow shooters from the range to the medal ceremony in 2014, but at Belmont they made a shorter trip as the range is about 800m from the finals hall where the medals were presented.

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BRISBANE – Australia’s Laetisha SCANLAN celebrated her 28th birthday in the best possible way, winning a title in the women’s trap at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Friday 13 April.

The qualification eliminated some high-profile contenders with Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medallist Catherine SKINNER (AUS) and Rio 2016 silver medallist Natalie ROONEY (NZL) missing the final.

Defending Glasgow 2014 champion, SCANLAN also went close to elimination, just making it through to the final as the last and sixth qualifier after a tense shoot-off with ROONEY.

SCANLAN, who had also made the final in Glasgow after a shoot-off, started the final session strongly, taking a lead in the first 10 targets then hitting all from 19 to 27 to increase the margin before clinching the gold medal with a Commonwealth Games record of 38.

Kirsty BARR (NIR) took silver with 37, her first Commonwealth Games medal at her third Games.

Top qualifier for the final, Sarah WIXEY (WAL), claimed bronze with 28. The Welsh shooter was second after the 30th target, but then four consecutive misses cost her a chance for the silver medal.

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BRISBANE – Fifteen-year-old ANISH (IND) became the youngest Indian to win Commonwealth Games gold when he spun his magic in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Friday 13 April.


ANISH, the top qualifier with 580 and 22 central bulls, started with two possible fives, racing to a three-point margin. He stumbled with a three and a one before scoring another five to lead by four points over EVGLEVSKI.

England’s Sam GOWIN, who took up the sport just a year ago, survived two shoot-offs, firstly eliminating Neeraj KUMAR (IND) and then reigning champion David CHAPMAN (AUS) to make the top three.

EVGLEVSKI assured himself of silver with a perfect round as ANISH managed a three (22-20).

ANISH scored three and EVGLEVSKI four as GOWIN dipped out with bronze.

In the gold-medal round, with just a one-point margin, ANISH, who won the silver at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in November 2017 at Belmont, displayed his skill and promise with a magical maximum of an unbeatable 30 points.

EVGLEVSKI shot a valiant four to claim his first Commonwealth medal and join his mother, 10-time Commonwealth medallist Lalita YAUHLEUSKAYA (AUS), in the history books.

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BRISBANE – Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medallist Catherine SKINNER (AUS) and silver medallist Natalie ROONEY (NZL) will feature in the women’s trap final at Belmont Shooting Centre on Friday 13 April.

SKINNER is the world No.1 and grabbed silver at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March. ROONEY is No.7 in the world. Just one target separated them in Rio after SKINNER only scraped into the gold medal match.

Defending Commonwealth Games champion Laetisha SCANLAN (AUS) won a title at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships at Belmont in November, making her the main rival for SKINNER and ROONEY.

In the men’s trap, Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Aaron HEADING (ENG) can make it two out of three after he claimed silver in the gold medal match against Adam VELLA (AUS) at Glasgow 2014.

HEADING can expect a battle with countryman Edward LING (ENG), a Rio 2016 bronze medallist in the men’s trap and ranked No.3 in the world.

Indian Army officer Neeraj KUMAR is an interim leader after stage one (12 April) in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and local hope Sergei EVGLEVSKI (AUS), who won gold at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships, is six points away in fifth place and well within reach of making it through to the final on Friday 13 April.

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