I want to send out a big thank you to those of you who have forwarded on the information about National Come and Try May.

Already we have had close to 20 clubs register since we launched. We have received registrations from clubs in SA, WA, NT, TAS, VIC, NSW and QLD with all Member Bodies represented so far. In addition, the Shooting Australia Facebook posts have received over 300 clicks and shares from interested followers notifying their clubs.

This is a huge initiative for our sport that accommodates both ISSF and non-ISSF events and was ultimately the brain child of Member Bodies from the 2016 Shooting Australia Forum.

Registrations are open for a few more weeks. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up your club and be a part of this special national event! Your continued support and promotion of National Come and Try May is greatly appreciated and will benefit all of us.

Clubs can register at: https://shootingaustralia.org/come-try-may/

Thanks again!


It’s with great excitement that we share this message with you.

Shooting Australia has been working collaboratively with each of the Member Bodies to prepare a Whole of Sport Participation Plan. A major objective of the Participation Plan is the promotion and delivery of a national come and try initiative. As a result of the valuable contribution from Member Body representatives, National Come and Try May is now ready to launch!

This event is the first of its kind for target shooting sports in Australia and will follow the 2018 Commonwealth Games with the goal of promoting our sport and increasing participation. National Come and Try May events in local target shooting sports clubs around Australia will provide an exciting opportunity for clubs to engage with members of their communities who may be interested in participating in our fantastic sport.

The first phase of National Come and Try May involves clubs registering their interest to host an event at any time in May. Clubs can register and collect more information about National Come and Try May by visiting the registration website below.


To make this event a success, I would like to ask that you forward this information to other members of your club, or other clubs to spread the word! Shooting Australia will also be promoting National Come and Try May by posting information on its website and social media from Friday, 16 February.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Shooting Australia office.

As we begin a new year we reflect on what happened last year in the participation space and here is a snapshot of the last few months.

Since the Member Body and State representatives met at the Governance Workshop Review 2 we received some fantastic feedback in relation to the proposed Whole of Sport Participation Plan. Based on the feedback from this session a draft Strategies and Outcome document was created and the Participation Working Group worked through this document to refine which strategies and outcomes were priorities. The Whole of Sport Participation Plan was then sent to all Member Bodies. The flagship for the first year of the plan was the concept of a National Come and Try Day.

Universally supported by the Member Bodies was the opportunity to take advantage of a home Commonwealth Games, leveraging off of the media coverage and success of our athletes and introduce new participants to the sport. Using this as an opportunity to create a movement that builds the public profile of the sport of shooting in Australia, creating positive experiences for clubs and new participants during, and subsequent to, the National Come and Try Day (NCAT) would become the focus of a newly formed Participation Action Group.

Expression of Interest were then requested first through our Member Bodies and then later through our website and social media channels. The result was a wealth of experienced and motivated ambassadors for the sport putting their hand up. Below is a list of each of the members who have been selected to sit on the Participation Action Group, along with representatives from both Shooting Australia and the Australian Sports Commission, and work together to make this an outstanding experience for all involved.

Bill Henry – QLD

Cath Leask – VIC

Murray Bow – WA

Mark Farrow – QLD

Andrew Sims – NSW

Kathy Cain – QLD

Daniel Spain – NSW

The group had their first teleconference on the 20th of December and meeting again in person in on the 16th of January 2018 and created the framework for how the NCAT will be delivered, you’ll hear more about this in future updates.

If you have any questions about the Participation Action Group or the National Come and Try Day or anything else mentioned in the Whole of Sport Participation Plan, please feel free to get in touch with the Shooting Australia office, we’d be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have.

Participation Plan since the last Governance Review Workshop

  • A draft copy of the Participation Plan was created and circulated to members of the Participation Working Group
  • Participation Working Group met in Adelaide on the 28th of August
  • Held debriefs with Group Members and received written feedback on the plan
  • A final draft was put to the Participation Working Group on the 20th of September
  • Whole-of-Sport Participation Plan went before the SA Board for approval
  • The Whole-of-Sport Participation Plan was presented to the Member Bodies on the 10th of October and subsequently made available through the Shooting Australia website

Participation and what we’ve done so far

  • Visited SA Endorsed events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide
  • Club visits in SA, VIC, NSW, QLD
  • Visited clubs from ACTA, PA, TRA, SCA
  • Been to Come & Try experiences and had a go at all disciplines visited
  • Club visits looking at junior clubs, others focused on student come and try days
  • Represented the sport at National ASC Participation Forums
  • Undertook the ISSF Shotgun Referee course to get a better understanding of the sport as well as to see how courses are run
  • Participated in Coaching and Officiating Framework workshops with the ASC
  • Invited to meet with the TRA board
  • Invited to the TRV Congress
  • Visited Far North Queensland clubs with Michelle Sandstrom from PSQ
  • Again invited by TRA Board to present an update on the Participation Plan
  • Para Shooting, classification and pathways meetings with the Australian Paralympic Committee to work toward creating a clear understanding of the pathway
  • Implemented the SA Officials Development Plan
  • Updated Assessor and Presenter database
  • Collaborated with Member Bodies to streamline coach cards and official database management
  • Visited PSQ Member Forum to discuss the upcoming National Come And Try Day (NCAT)
  • After an Expression of Interest process formed the Participation Action Group to help deliver the NCAT