After a recruitment process generating national and international interest Shooting Australia has named Richard Sammon as Shotgun National Team Coach. “Richard is a well-established member of our Shotgun community and we are delighted with his appointment,” commented Shooting Australia High Performance Director Adam Sachs.

“Richard is a very genuine person with strong values and high integrity,” Sachs continued. “These assets, complemented by his passion for learning and helping others to learn, will make him an excellent leader of our Shotgun National Team.”

Sammon has already provided critical support to the Shotgun National Team at national camps and international events as an Assistant Coach, developing strong working relationships with the Shotgun athletes and their personal coaches.

“I am honoured and excited to lead our National Shotgun Team through the 2019 season and into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Sammon. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to build on what is already a strong program with a group that has enormous potential.”

There will be little time to settle in, with the International Season kicking off in March 2019 with the first Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.

“The direction in which our Team is heading is very exciting and I can’t wait to get started helping our athletes achieve their goals leading into 2020,” observed the new coach. “Our focus for this year is attaining additional quota positions to add to the two quotas already secured at the 2018 World Championships in Changwon, South Korea.”

Sachs added, “With fewer than 18 months until the 2020 Olympic Games Richard and our athletes have important work to do. I am confident that Richard’s energy and professionalism, and the fantastic working relationships that he has already developed with the athletes and their personal coaches, are a strong foundation for the success of our Shotgun National Team in Tokyo next year.”

Monday, 21 January 2019

Victorian Institute of Sport’s Aislin Jones created history last week at the Australian Clay Target Association National Championships being the first ever woman to win a High Gun title.

The High Gun is awarded to an athlete whose qualifying scores from back to back competitions (Commonwealth Competition & National Competition) add together to equal the highest.

The VIS skeet shooter won both the junior and open women’s championships as well as posting two senior World Championship qualifying scores of 121 and 118.

Her combined total of 239/250 was enough to make her the Open High Gun award winner, the first ever woman to win the title.

Fellow VIS skeet shooter Keith Ferguson was runner up (236/250) after he took out the National Men’s championship.

The Trap shooters were also in fine form with Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Penny Smith winning both the Commonwealth and National Open women’s titles as well as posting two World Championship qualifying scores across the week (114 & 123).

Runner up to Smith in both events, was VIS teammate and Commonwealth Games champion, Laetisha Scanlan who also posted two World Championship qualifying scores (115 & 115) and combined with VIS’ James Willett to win the Commonwealth Mixed Pairs title.

James Willet won titles of his own though, winning the Commonwealth and National titles in the Open men category which won him the High Gun title in the Trap division (240/250).

In the juniors Victorian Institute of sport young gun Mitch Illes won both the Commonwealth and National titles whilst also placing third in the open men’s, enough to have him High Gun runner up (239/250).

Original article by Victorian Institute of Sport can be found here

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