Shooting Australia (SA) has been successful in obtaining a Performance Pathways Solutions Grant (PPSG) from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to help develop the next tier of Shotgun event athletes.

The $287,000 grant over two years is the outcome of a significant piece of work undertaken by SA’s High Performance Unit (HPU) and will be used to identify and develop future Australian representative athletes in both Trap and Skeet events.

The grant is separate and in addition to SA’s existing high performance funding from the AIS, which supports the continuing development and performances of current Australian and Olympic representative athletes across Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun disciplines.

SA CEO, Luke van Kempen, said the PPSG funding is recognition of the outstanding international results achieved within the Shotgun discipline in recent years.

“Australia has a proud record in Shotgun events, particularly internationally in men’s and women’s Trap, and this grant will assist us to identify and engage our future Olympic and World Championship athletes,” said Mr van Kempen.

“It’s also important recognition of the work achieved to date by our Shotgun National Program led by National Coach, Richard Sammon,” he added.

“We thank the AIS for this investment and we believe it will assist us develop Shotgun athletes who can follow in the Olympic gold medal winning footsteps of Catherine Skinner, Suzy Balogh, Michael Diamond and Russell Mark.”

Sammon said there is great depth within Shotgun disciplines in Australia and said the grant will help develop this talent for future benchmark events including the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games and beyond.

“Shooting is a sport where athletes can be highly competitive on the world stage for 10 or 20 years, so this PPSG investment carries long-term benefits for our sport,” said Sammon.

“We plan to identify and foster our next generation of Shotgun athletes and help develop their all-around skills through engagement in training camps and developmental competitions.

“Additionally, we will look to support these future stars by developing a network of coaches and support staff that will assist them throughout their journey,” added Sammon.

Further information; Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications. Ph: 0418 239 139 E: [email protected]


Tokyo Olympic Games bound rifle athlete, Alex Hoberg, is one of 16 athletes to receive a $2,500 Tier 3 scholarship as part of this year’s Sport Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring program.

The program is supported by Australian Government funding from Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and has grown from offering five scholarships since it began in 2006 to offering a total of 32 funded scholarships in 2021.

In April, Hoberg, 19, was selected by the Australian Olympic Committee to contest the 10m Air Rifle at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year following the Olympic nomination series held at the beginning of the year.

Shooting Australia CEO, Luke van Kempen, congratulated Hoberg on his scholarship saying it will assist with his preparation for next year’s Olympic Games.

“Alex is one of our finest rifle athletes and this scholarship is recognition of his continued outstanding performances at an elite level,” said Mr van Kempen.

“Alex represented Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Youth Olympics in Rio and is continuing to develop his international competitiveness. We look forward to seeing him in action at the Tokyo Olympics next year.“This scholarship will compliment Shooting Australia’s investment in Alex and will help assist him with costs associated with performing at the highest level and we thank the Sport Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring program for their support and assistance,” he added.

Further information;

Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications. Ph: 0418 239 139 E: [email protected]

 


Shooting Australia will appoint a General Manager, Commercial and Marketing as it seeks to expand its revenue streams and broaden brand and marketing activity ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

The newly created position will see the successful applicant work closely with Shooting Australia’s Member Organisations, plus key partner groups such as Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia and the International Shooting Sports Federation.

Shooting Australia CEO, Luke van Kempen, said the new role is an exciting development for the sport as its seeks to capitalise on new initiatives and the impact of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We have been fortunate to host both the World Shooting Para Sports and Oceania Championship late last year and complete our Tokyo Olympic Games nomination series earlier this year. And we will also host the World Junior Championships in 2024,” said Mr van Kempen.

“The General Manager, Commercial and Marketing will hold a key senior management position and lead a team of four reports as we strive to be a unifying leader in creating a strong and vibrant target shooting sport community that enables Australian athletes to perform among the best in the world,” he added.

Mr van Kempen said the successful applicant will develop and execute a sales strategy to generate new income streams, maximise commercial opportunities, oversee content generation and prepare an innovative communications strategy.

“Shooting has been one of Australia’s most successful sports at major international competitions for many years, and this role represents a great opportunity for an inventive and dynamic individual to help elevate our sports to new heights,” said Mr van Kempen.

While Shooting Australia’s headquarters is based in Australia, Mr van Kempen said the position is open to candidates who can perform the role while being based outside South Australia.

The position is advertised at Seek and can be viewed at https://www.seek.com.au/job/50604008

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, October 11.

 

Further information;

Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications. Ph: 0418 239 139 E: [email protected]

 


Shooting Australia will pay tribute to Shooting at a community level when it hosts the 2020 Awards of Excellence on Tuesday, November 17.

In a Shooting Australia first, the Awards evening, hosted by Jon Harker and Annabelle Williams, will be live streamed via Shooting Australia TV.

With national and international competition significantly reduced this year because of COVID-19, the High Performance Awards will not be presented.

“Unfortunately, there has not been enough competition in the period for the criteria of our High Performance Awards to be judged,” said Shooting Australia Chief Executive, Luke van Kempen.

“However there has been a sustained level of activity at the club level across Australia and we look forward to judging the four Community Award categories as we normally would at the Awards of Excellence.

“Shooting Australia would also like to acknowledge that community clubs, volunteers, coaches and officials have overcome significant challenges in maintaining opportunities for participants to compete during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said van Kempen.

“So, we have created the Community Acknowledgement categories this year to pay tribute to the inspiring work that continues at the grassroots level,” he added.

Award nominations cover the period of November 2019 and October 2020.

Four Community Awards will be presented. They are:

  • Club of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year

More information on Community Awards

Additionally, Shooting Australia will acknowledge other activities that have taken place between November 2019 and October 2020.

The six Community Acknowledgement categories are:

  • Officials in Training
  • Club Improvements
  • Most Adaptive Club
  • Shooting Community Initiative
  • Inclusivity Initiative
  • Most Memorable Moment

More information on Community Acknowledgement

 

Nominations for the Community Awards are now open

Submission for Community Acknowledgement is now open

Submissions close at 5pm  Friday 16 October, 2020.

 

Further information;

Greg Campbell

PRISM Strategic Communications

Ph: 0418 239 139

E: [email protected]


Shooting Australia is excited to announce the 2024 Junior World Championships for Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun disciplines will be held at the Sydney International Shooting Centre (SISC) at Cecil Park.

The decision was made by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Executive Committee following a submission from Shooting Australia.

The decision to award the 2024 Junior World Championships to Sydney is another coup for Shooting Australia after it successfully conducted the World Shooting Para Sports (WSPS) World Championships in October last year, and a Junior World Cup event in 2018.

The date of the 2024 Junior World Championships has yet to be determined by the ISSF but Shooting Australia has proposed the event will be held in September 2024.

Shooting Australia CEO, Luke van Kempen, said the ISSF’s decision represents its continued confidence in Shooting Australia’s ability to stage world class events.

“The ISSF Executive’s decision is great news for the sport in Australia,” said Mr van Kempen.

“Australia continues to produce high-quality world-class athletes across all disciplines and the 2024 Junior World Championship is a further incentive for our young athletes as they come through the ranks and aspire to reach the top in our sport.

“SISC was purpose built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is appropriate the ISSF’s decision has been made as Australia’s celebrates the 20th anniversary of ‘The Best Games Ever”.

“I would like to pay tribute to the continued support Shooting Australia received from the Australian Olympic Committee, Sport Australia and the New South Wales Office of Sport in submitting the bid,” he added.

The 2021, 2022 and 2023 World Junior Championships will be held in Peru, Korea and Egypt respectively.

The ISSF also decided that the final open tournament of the year in 2021, with the participation of 12 best athletes in each individual Olympic discipline, would be held in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku in the second half of October 2021

The 2021 competition schedule is;

Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • All events, JAPAN (Tokyo)

World Cups

  • WC Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun, INDIA (New Delhi)
  • WC Rifle/ Pistol/Shotgun, KOREA (Changwon)
  • WC Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun, AZERBAIJAN (Baku)
  • WC Shotgun, EGYPT (Cairo)
  • WC Shotgun, ITALY (Lonato)

Junior World Championship

  • WCH Juniors all events, PERU (Las Palmas)

Grand Prix

  • Grand Prix Rifle/Pistol 10m, SLOVENIA (Ruse)
  • Grand Prix Shotgun, MOROCCO (Rabat)
  • Grand Prix Rifle/Pistol, INDONESIA (Jakarta)
  • Grand Prix Rifle/Pistol 10m, CROATIA (Osijek)

 

Further information;

Greg Campbell

PRISM Strategic Communications

Ph: 0418 239 139

E: [email protected]

 


Rifle Postal Competition 

A competition to enable everyone to stay connected while participating in a friendly series of competitions from the comfort and convenience of your local Rifle Range.

Location:

Your local Rifle Range.

Who can enter:

Any TRA Members who shoot Air Rifle, Three-Position and Prone.

Cost:

Free

Interested:

Email National Rifle High Performance Coach Petr Kurka ([email protected]) to register

Competition Schedule

Competition Results

Rifle Grand Prix Series 

Three Rifle Competitions, in conjunction with Target Rifle South Australia (TRSA) will be held during September and November 2020 to encourage competitive participation. There will also be a novelty ‘Game for Points’ on the Saturday afternoon of each event.

Location:

Target Rifle South Australia, Wingfield Rifle Range, South Australia

132-134 Wingfield Road North, Wingfield

Who can enter:

Any TRA Members who shoot Air Rifle, Three-Position, Prone and Benchrest and are able to attend the Wingfield Rifle Range.

 

Event 1:

25th to 27th September – 2020 TRSA State ISSF Rules Championships 2020

Cost $25 per Event

Program 

Entries

Entries Close Saturday 19th September

 

Event 2:

29th to 31st October – Adelaide Rifle Grand Prix including Super Saturday

Cost $15 which covers Entry into as many events as you would like to shoot

Program

Entries

Entries Close Saturday 24th October

 

Event 3:

26th to 28th November – Adelaide Rifle Grand Prix including Super Saturday

Cost $15 which covers Entry into as many events as you would like to shoot

Program 

Entries 

Entries Close Saturday 21st November


Shooting Australia will appoint a Development Coordinator to create and deliver programs to drive target shooting sports participation at a club level in South Australia and ultimately discover the next generation of South Australian Olympic and Paralympic champions.

The newly created role has been made possible through funding received from the Office for Recreation Sport and Racing in South Australia (ORSR).

Shooting Australia CEO, Luke van Kempen said the successful candidate will be responsible for engaging and supporting South Australian Associations and clubs to grow membership and allow more competitors to flow through the pathway system.

“This project is a 12-month pilot delivered by Shooting Australia and we are grateful for the funding received from ORSR,” said Mr van Kempen.

“This role will discover the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians from South Australia, by creating or enhancing pathways for aspiring young shooters. We are looking for the next Jack Rossiter, Alex Hoberg or Libby Kosmala.

“With the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo next year, this is an exciting time to join Shooting Australia and make a significant contribution to the development of the sport in South Australia.

“Working closely with national, state and club member organisations, this exciting role will cover a broad range of responsibilities that will be tailored to recognise the various needs of our different shooting sports,” he added.

“The role will assist South Australian member organisations to share existing best practises from within the sport and promote and market target sports throughout the state and ensure that a positive public image is promoted.

Kosmala, a winner of nine Paralympic shooting gold medals and three silver medals, welcomed the new role saying increased participation levels will help underpin future Games success.

“Shooting is a wonderfully inclusive sport. It is a sport for life and does not discriminate against age, gender, ability or mobility and I look forward to the positive impact this new role will provide,” she said.

The position is advertised at Seek and can be viewed here

Applications close on Wednesday, September 2.

Further information;

Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications. Ph: 0418 239 139 E: [email protected]


Shooting Australia has welcomed an additional $200,000 in funding from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for its High Performance Program and activities.

The one-off funding boost is in addition to Shooting maintaining its current level of Government investment for the 2020-21 financial year.

Shooting Australia CEO, Luke van Kempen, said the confirmation of funding provides the sport with stability and some additional opportunities, leading into the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

“We are one of the few sports to complete team selections for the Tokyo Olympics, and our prospective Olympians now have the security of knowing they have a full 12 months to prepare for the Games with a full suite of resources behind them. Shooting Australia is incredibly grateful for the support received by the AIS and recognise the efforts of Federal Sports Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck, who has heard the call from sports and has committed funding for the next two years.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on athletes across all sports including Shooting, and we are pleased to have received some additional resources to support athlete wellbeing and engagement. This will ensure that our Olympic and Paralympic athletes are ready to perform – physically and mentally – at next year’s Games,” he added.

Mr van Kempen said an increase in funding for Shooting’s Paralympic program would help Australian athletes to secure two more quota positions for the Tokyo 2020 Games, and also build towards the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

“Australian Shooting has a terrific record of Paralympic success, and we will be exploring all available opportunities to increase our team size and enhance potential medal-winning performances in Tokyo next year. At the same time, this additional investment will enable us to start the hunt for our next generation of Paralympic athletes in Shooting,” he added.

Shooting Australia High Performance Director, Adam Sachs, said the funding announcement was great news for the sport.

“With this commitment from the AIS, our Tokyo-bound athletes and coaches can stay focused on leaving no stone unturned as they progress their preparation for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.

“And for the rest of Shooting’s High Performance community, this confirmation of investment means that we can get a head start on our program development and implementation for the next four-year Olympic cycle, which we believe will give us a competitive advantage in Paris in 2024,” said Mr Sachs.

Further information, Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications, Ph: 0418 239 139.


Australia’s leading shooting athletes have highlighted the importance of studying or having a career in series of videos to celebrate Careers Week.

Athletes, including Tokyo Olympic Games representatives Elena Galiabovitch, Penny Smith, James Willett, Sergei Evglevski, Dane Sampson and para sports rifle athlete, Glen McMurtrie, discuss the importance of a work/life balance and how careers and study can assist them in competition.

Pistol athlete, Galiabovitch, a qualified doctor who is undertaking further studies to specialise as a urologist, says sacrifices must be made to excel at work and in sport.

“You do have to realise that there will be some things you will miss out on and you do have to make sacrifices, prioritise certain things at different times. It’s one of the things that I have learned over the past five years,” said Galiabovitch.

“You need to think about what you are passionate about and what you really want to do, and once you actually know what your goal is, it actually makes it easier to work towards it,” she added.

Smith, who works at a local pool and assist her parents on the family farm, says work has helped her become a better athlete.

“I think having a career or passion outside of shooting is important. It certainly is for me. It helps me get a better understanding of myself and also of my sport. It gives you something else to look forward to as well,” said Smith.

Sampson, who will attend his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo, feels invigorated working as a furniture maker.

“If your mind is always on your sport, then you can burn out very quickly and tire out mentally,” he says.

McMurtrie turned to TAFE teaching after a serious motor bike accident in 2019 and knows the importance of a career.

“I think its beneficial to have a career or study outside of sport because they balance each other out. If you are having a particularly bad time with one of them, chances are you are going really well in the other,” he said.

To hear their stories and the stories of other Australian team representatives, go to www.epicentre.tv/shooting-australia

Further information,
Greg Campbell
PRISM Strategic Communications
Ph: 0418 239 139.


National Volunteers Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate the hard working and generous people who contribute so much to the sport, the ones who show up just once or every single time, the ones who are truly the backbone of ISSF shooting within Australia.

Volunteering Australia has chosen this years theme of ‘Changing communities. Changing lives’ with the understanding that so many events have been lost or postponed due to COVID-19, and there isn’t a greater opportunity than now to look within our own communities to contribute the same passion and enthusiasm we would have at these other events.

We have so many volunteers that give so much of their time, energy and resources to our sport, and for that we thank you.

If you want to get involved in future competitions and events please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, you can fill out an expression of interest here

 

A memory from Ray McCready

It is almost sixty years since I took up competitive shooting with the Ararat Fullbore and Smallbore Rifle Clubs. Over that time I have travelled widely to competitions world wide as either as a spectator, competitor, team official or event official. I began officiating quite early in my career and have enjoyed doing it. There have many memorable ones but the one I enjoyed the most, despite some of the things we had to contend with was the 2005 Deaflympic Games.

Melbourne had won the right to host the event and they were scheduled to start in the first week of January 2005. Shooting events were to be conducted at the Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC).  MISC facilities had only just been upgraded for the coming Commonwealth Shooting Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Part of the upgrade was the installation of 40 electronic targets on the 50 metre range. John Gillman from pistol was appointed Event Manager and I became the Chief Range Officer.

The Governing body decreed that the ranges must conform to ISSF regulations and events must be conducted totally to ISSF rules including finals. That became our first problem, how do you run a final when competitors cannot hear your calls? We were provided with a simple light system which was “red” you don’t shoot and “green” you do.  Some of the officials got their heads  together  and devised a system based of coloured and flickering lights. This was manufactured in Adelaide and received in time for the Games. Apparently the International body were so impressed with the system they took it with them after the Games were over.

Second problem was dust. There had been grass seed planted on the range  and was being watered to get a cover before the Commonwealth Championships . However being the middle of summer and having hot days the ground dried out quickly and when any wind blew it stirred up the dust. We were forced to sweep the firing point every 2 or three hours to keep it reasonable clean. The competitors acknowledged the problem and were very
patient.

In our instructions from the International body, the ranges had to comply with ISSF rules, in case any World Records were set. During the air rifle match two new records were achieved. One was set in the qualification round and the second in the combined qualification and finals score.  Having Tibor Gonzol as a club member made it easy to verify that the range met ISSF requirements. From memory most of the range officials were all ISSF qualified judges so that made things simple. I have always maintained that the amount of paperwork I had to fill out and sign for the competitor to claim the records took longer to do than the actual match.  Probably didn’t but it seemed like it.

During a practice day I was talking to a German team official. From what he told me they were a little apprehensive of how the event would be run. According to him the last two events in Europe had been shambles hence the nervousness.  It was during this time we introduced the new lighting system to the teams. First we produced a sheet in English explaining how the lights worked, laminated it and gave each team manager a number of copies.  Next, with the help of a person who could do sign language, we called all the team officials,  competitors  and range staff together and gave a demonstration of the system. It was well received.

To run a final I had to have someone conversant in sign language standing on box in such a position that all finalists could see the value of shots fired. All countries seem to have different methods of sign language. For the competitors the International method had to be used. If the person doing the signalling to the finalists was also deaf I had to have another person signalling my calls to the person on the box. Despite the problems and the cooperation of all concerned it worked superbly.  After the first couple of days the person doing the signalling could hear my calls so things became easier.

There was a slight problem with the electronic targets on the air range for the pistol final so a decision was made to revert to paper targets. This caused a delay of 15 minutes but there were no complaints.

Cheryl Knight, Val McCready and Bob Marshall did the scoring for the air competitions. They had a system which enabled them to produce results quickly. In the air rifle match they had the preliminary results posted about 5 minutes after the last shot was fired. The Korean team manager could not believe the preliminary results were up and he actually ran over to the window to see for himself. What he didn’t know was that all targets had been scored except for one lot. This was because the last shooter took much longer to finish. Once he did all, the scorers  had to do was score the ten targets, enter the scores into the computer and hit the print button.

There was one amusing incidence on the 50 metre range when we started the 50 metre matches. A young Italian team member came to us and we understood he wanted to know how the light system worked. We were trying to explain that we had demonstrated it and there was a sheet also explaining it. While this was going on his team manager could see there was a problem and came over. He spoke reasonable English so we explained his team member’s problem and that you should have the explanation sheet. He nodded, looked at his team member and said quietly “he will do his homework tonight”.

After the first day of competition I spoke to the German team official and asked him how we were performing. His answer was to reserve his comments until it is was over.  After the last match I was sitting in the club room with some other range officials when he walked past. I asked him to sit down and tell us how we performed.  His answer was similar to Gary Anderson’s comment to us at the conclusion of the Sydney Olympics, “this has been the best shooting event ever conducted at the Deaflympics”. He was right because that was the first time the event had been conducted under the Deaflympics title. However from other comments made it also included previous events. I doubt if any of the visitors knew that most of the range staff in Melbourne had also been involved in the Sydney Games.

In my travels to various events over the years I have seen both good and bad officials. In all that time I have never seen anything like what happened in Melbourne. After the last medal presentation team officials and competitors when around shaking hands, dishing out hugs and kisses (where appropriate) and thanking all the range officials present. A few days later we were told that most team managers had sent letters to the organising committee praising the running of the shooting event. Some weeks later word came through that shooting was formerly recognised as the best run event of all the sports conducted at the Games

Looking back over the years at all the events that I have been involved in this was the one I enjoyed the most. It was also the most difficult. We had to deal with something we had not experienced before, devise solutions to the  problems that arose and implement them. It was a lot of work but we did it and the icing on the cake was the accolades we received from both the teams and the organizations for our efforts.