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.


Australia will enter one of its most experienced Olympic teams in history after the Australian Olympic Committee announced the team this morning to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

The selection marks an incredible fifth Olympics for Dan Repacholi, a fourth Games for Dina Aspandiyarova, a third for Dane Sampson and a second Games for Paul Adams, Elene Galiabovitch, Jack Rossiter, Laetisha Scanlan and James Willett.

While we have seven Olympic Games “rookies”, Laura Coles, Thomas Grice, Sergei Evglevski and Alex Hoberg all represented Australia at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and have experienced the thrill of representing Australia at a major international Games.

The team continues the shooting’s rich Olympic family traditions.

Evglevski will follow in the footsteps of his six-time Olympian mother Lalita Yauhleuskaya, Jack Rossiter’s sister Tori is a 2018 Youth Olympian, Elena Galiabovitch’s father Vladimir is the Pistol national coach, Aspandiyarova’s husband, Anatoly Babushkin was the Australian Olympic team Pistol coach in 2004, 2008 and 2012, while Penny Smith’s mother, Kim, was a groom to Equestrian Andrew Hoy at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Shooting Australia congratulates the fifteen individual athletes who have emerged from a thorough, rigorous and fair Olympic nomination process, to be selected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

While we acknowledge the Olympic selection of these athletes, Shooting Australia wishes to pay tribute and congratulate all the athletes who registered Minimum Qualification Scores and contested the nomination events for the spirit in which they have competed.

Congratulations also to the athlete coaches and families, the state and member organisations, clubs and officials and volunteers who have all given so much to the cause.

Olympic Team athletes now have the certainty of selection and they can now direct their singular focus on training and preparing for the commencement of the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021. We will be working hard with them all to ensure they are in top form at the end of an extended preparation period.

We understand the disappointment of non-selected athletes and we would like to congratulate all athletes on the spirit in which they competed for selection.

We will be working closely with the ISSF to plan a competition schedule leading into the Tokyo Olympics which will have our team members in peak form when the Games begin in July next year.

Shooting Australia is very fortunate to complete its nomination event process prior to the high level social and public restrictions that have been put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions were put in place after our last nomination event.

Pleaes join us in congratulating the Australian Shooting Team selected to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Following print and online stories published in Fairfax Media publications last evening and today, Shooting Australia has provided the following statement.

Australia only managed to secure one quota in Men’s Skeet for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This was achieved at Oceania Shooting Federation Championships, in November 2019.

Whilst Australia had the opportunity to secure a second quota on the ‘open market’ (i.e. at the 2018 World Championships or at World Cups in 2019), unfortunately we were unable to produce a performance that could secure a second quota.

As detailed in Clause 5.4 of Shooting Australia’s nomination criteria (www.shootingaustralia.org/high-performance/high-performance-policies), Shooting Australia reserved the right and sole discretion to request the change of a maximum of one quota place in one event, for one quota place in any other event within the same gender.

“Shooting Australia could exercise this right if, in its opinion, the single change could increase the chances of the Australian Olympic team winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“This quota swap could only occur if the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), who conduct the shooting program at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, agree to a quota change for the Australian team prior to the submission of our team to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

“Any request to the ISSF for a quota change does not guarantee that such a request would be granted. As such, there has been no guarantees given to any athletes regarding quota swaps.

“Shooting Australia had opened a dialogue with the ISSF about quota change scenarios in February this year. However, because of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many qualifying events have been either cancelled or postponed and the ISSF was unable to agree to any quota change, if it was proposed, for Australia.

“The ISSF’s advice regarding its inability to grant any proposed quota shift was communicated to Shooting Australia after the completion of the fourth of final nomination event on March 22.

“At all stages of the nomination process, Shooting Australia encouraged all athletes, who had registered Minimum Qualification Scores and therefore eligible for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games selection, to participate in all four nomination events in an attempt to top the nomination scoreboard, or perform strongly to be considered for a confirmed second quota position.

“It was our responsibility to ensure all athletes knew about all the different team nomination possibilities, which included a range of quota swap scenarios. But we could never make any promises because at the end of the day, the swap needed to be permitted by the ISSF.

“The fourth and final Nomination Events for pistol, rifle and shotgun athletes, held at the Sydney International Shooting Centre and at the Wingfield Rifle Range in Adelaide, were undertaken in strict accordance to Government regulations which were in place at the time.

“These events took place prior to any interstate travel restrictions being implemented.

“No athlete or official, who attended the fourth and final Nomination Events has tested positive to COVID-19.”

 

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


This CEO Update aims to keep you informed on a range of matters that Shooting Australia has been working on over the last week.

  1. Olympic Team Announcement
    2.       Australian Shooting COVID-19 Working Group
    3.       Staying connected

Olympic Team Announcement

Since completing the Olympic Nomination Series on March 22 and then hearing days later that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were being postponed, we had to suspend the team nomination process while discussions took place to determine a revised date for the Games.

Now, with the announcement this week that the Tokyo Olympics will be held in July and August next year, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has granted us an extension to the Team Nomination date.

It is now planned that the names of the nominated athletes will be forwarded to the AOC on April 9, with the AOC to officially announce the team soon after the Easter Long Weekend.

As you can imagine, there are many factors that weigh into these decisions. But I can assure you that we have been in close contact with our athletes over this period to ensure that they are fully informed, staying safe and maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.

We will be back in touch when we have a confirmed date for the Olympic team announcement, and we are working with the AOC to ensure we make a big deal over this announcement even with the current social restrictions that have been imposed by Government.

Australian Shooting COVID-19 Reference Group

Shooting Australia has taken the proactive measure to establish the Australian Shooting COVID-19 Reference Group to assist Member Organisations, State and Territory bodies and Clubs through the current health crisis.

The newly created Australian Shooting COVID-19 Reference Group will hold a weekly teleconference which will be a forum for member organisation representatives to participate in open discussion, share information and resources, and be a reference group for decision making.

Following the Australian Government’s directives regarding community sport, social distancing and public gatherings, it was important that all shooting member organisations work collaboratively and co-operatively to best safeguard community health during these extraordinary times.

These are exceptional and challenging times for all sports at all levels – elite, state, club and social – and the sport of shooting is no exception. Shooting Australia recognises the immense value of community sport in fostering a sense of wellbeing and social interaction. However, in times like this, we must make health the number one priority.

Like all sports, shooting relies on volunteers and the Shooting Australia COVID-19 Reference Group has been created to assist members and clubs at all levels.

Shooting clubs, like all sports clubs, are experiencing financial challenges. For the immediate period and until further Government advice, clubs will be without income from competition, events, memberships and social gatherings. The financial status of organisations and clubs is a key agenda item. The forum will actively share information and resources on how to best assist member organisations through the current situation.

If the shooting sport community wishes to add to this agenda, we ask that they make contact with their relevant member body. A reminder to you all of Shooting Australia’s Member Organisations;

–          Australian Clay Target Association
–          National Rifle Association of Australia
–          Pistol Australia
–          Sporting Clays Australia
–          Target Rifle Australia

Staying Connected

While our community is in a period of isolation as we aim to stop the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy, our best means of community connection – our sporting clubs – are unable to operate due to the government guidelines on social distancing. However, technology provides us with great platforms to stay connected with each other and it has been great to see the online initiatives that are keeping the shooting community connected.

The Shooting Australia Team has been working with our athletes to stay connected and if you check out our social media, you can see what they have been up to recently.

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Shooting Australia TV is a great way to see our best athletes in action and you can watch all the live-streamed finals from the 2019 Oceania Championships and from the recent Olympic Nomination Series plus all the athlete interviews on the SATV platform via Epicentre.tv

It is FREE to subscribe to SATV and easy to sign up. Just go to https://epicentre.tv/shooting-australia and follow the prompts. If you have any trouble, just email us at [email protected] and we can help you out.

We really encourage you to stay connected at your local level as well and to help you, here’s a list of your Member Organisation social media platforms;

Pistol Australia
Australian Clay Target Association
Target Rifle Australia
NRAA
Sporting Clays

Stay connected and stay well everyone,

Regards,

Luke van Kempen
​CEO – Shooting Australia


The AOC  announced yesterday that they could not see a way in which an Australian Olympic Team could be assembled to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it is to go ahead as scheduled this year. The AOC confirmed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are now working with relevant organisations on possible scenarios that will lead to a decision on the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be made by the end of April 2020.

Yesterday, I attended an AOC teleconference online and it was discussed that an extensive range of matters need to be worked through by the IOC to confirm their position by the end of April and that many questions remain unanswered until then.

As many of you will know, our 2020 Olympic Nomination Panel were due to meet yesterday ahead of a process taking place that would lead to athletes being advised and, in the end, the Australian Shooting Team being announced by the AOC on the 31st of March. In light of the AOC’s position above, they will not be making further team announcements in the foreseeable future. For Shooting Australia, this means that we will suspend our team nomination process until there is decision on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the end of April.

We are communicating directly with our athletes on these matters to support them and to help interpret what this means for them.

This is really disappointing news after our athletes and their coaches and support crews, along with our officials, volunteers and venue operators, put so much effort into revising the Shooting Australia Open to allow for the fourth Olympic Nomination Event to be completed.  In saying that, we fully understand the circumstances in which these decisions have been made and we support the AOC in helping to provide clarity to our athletes and the Australian public, on the likelihood or not of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be held as scheduled.

Paralympics Australia also issued a statement yesterday supporting the postponement of the Paralympic Games in the best interests of public health, both here and abroad. They say it is hard to see another option. We are working closely with our athletes in this area to support them through this time of uncertainty.

We will continue to provide information to you on these matters over the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Olympic Nomination Series

In the past ten weeks 12 Olympic Nomination Events have been delivered across Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun – across four states and often they have been running parallel. These events have been run in conjunction with Member Organisations, their affiliates and their local Clubs. They have been run with immense dedication and commitment of time from Officials, Volunteers, Broadcast Partners, Staff, Athletes, Coaches and their support networks.

Thank you to the Wingfield Rifle Range, Brisbane International Shooting Centre, Sydney International Shooting Centre, Newcastle Lake Macquarie Clay Target Club and Melbourne Gun Club for hosting these Events. You all have an incredible number of volunteers and staff who have helped deliver these competitions to a world class standard.

Thank you to Spartan Global and Eurotarget for the donation of the flash targets used in the finals of two of the Shotgun Nomination Events.

These events would not have been possible without the Officials and Volunteers. Thank you all, you injected so much knowledge and expertise into your designated roles to ensure the delivery of fair and equitable Olympic Nomination Events for all Athletes.

To our Athletes and your coaches and support crews, congratulations and thank you for your commitment to these events and the competitive enthusiasm that was evident in the high-quality competition that we saw.

To the Shooting Australia Staff who have worked so meticulously on the delivery of these events with demanding schedules and deadlines; thank you and well done. As of Wednesday, this week, we will all be working remotely but will still be available to serve all our stakeholders in the community.

Shooting Australia has increased event promotion and Athlete communication, with regular and quality social media photos, results and videos and we have broadcast every single final live. These initiatives were implemented to engage not only those directly involved in the events, but the wider community. To our Broadcast and Media Partners, thank you for playing such significant roles in this process and working with us to improve the product for our audiences over the last 10 weeks.

To see all the videos  of live broadcasting and interviews head to Shooting Australia TV

https://epicentre.tv/shooting-australia

and you can find full day event photo albums on the Shooting Australia Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pg/shootingaus/photos/

In the recent weeks and days, like the whole community we have all been thrown into unchartered waters in relation to COVID-19, with the situation continuously evolving. We have all pulled together and I thank you all for your dedication to our shooting sports.

The Team at Shooting Australia hopes you all remain well during this uncertain time and we will keep you as informed as we can as to news that is relevant to our sport.

Best Wishes,

Luke van Kempen
CEO – Shooting Australia


Victoria’s Penny Smith produced a world class personal best score to win the last women’s trap event when the Tokyo Olympic Games nomination series concluded at the Sydney International Shooting Centre today.

Smith blasted a personal best 47 from 50 targets to defeat Victorians Laetisha Scanlan (46) and Catherine Skinner (31).

See at https://epicentre.tv/video?channel=sa-open-trap-finals-women

Smith performed magnificently in all four qualifying rounds, but a gold medal victory had eluded her until today.

Smith was shooting a perfect round until the 34th target, and her final score of 47, if repeated at the Olympic Games, would be more than good enough to put her on the podium.

Laetisha Scanlan, a 2016 Rio Olympian and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallist, also shot magnificently in the final despite a season low 111 from 125 targets in qualifying.

Defending Olympic champion, Catherine Skinner, shot 115 targets in qualifying and placed 3rd in the final to elevate her to second position on the Olympic nomination scoreboard, twelve points behind Smith and just four points ahead of Scanlan after four events.

Smith’s highly consistent performance throughout the nomination series was a tribute to her resilience after overcoming narrowly missing selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Missing Commonwealth Games selection was a big disappointment. But some things like that make you a better athlete and a better person,” she said.

Smith, from Bookaar in western Victoria, said the nomination series was an exhaustive process.

“It’s been a long journey,” she said.

“I just put everything on the line today, gave it heaps and I came out on top. I couldn’t think of a better way to finish,” she added.

In the men’s trap, Victoria’s Mitch Iles and NSW’s Tom Grice both shot 119 of 125 targets in qualification, with Iles going on to win the final.

See at https://epicentre.tv/video?channel=sa-open-trap-finals-men

Grice’s performance at this weekend’s event was enough to secure him second place on the Olympic nomination scoreboard just one point ahead of Iles. Fellow NSW athlete, James Willett, finished on top of the scoreboard 6 targets ahead of Grice.

The Australian selectors across all shooting disciplines will meet this week to determine which athletes will be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection to the Tokyo team.

 

Further information
Greg Campbell
PRISM Strategic Communications
PH: 0418 239 139


Western Australia’s Laura Coles is destined to win Australia’s single women’s skeet quota position for the Tokyo Olympic Games despite finishing third in the last nomination event at the Sydney International Shooting Centre today.

Going into the fourth and final skeet event of the nomination series, Coles trailed 2016 Rio Olympian, Aislin Jones, by one point on the nomination scoreboard.

However, Coles shot a qualifying score of 114 from 125 targets – eight points higher than Jones’ 106 – her lowest qualifying total of the series.

Jones pushed aside her disappointment to win the final hitting 51 of 60 targets ahead of Victoria’s Brittany Melbourne (47) and Coles (38).

“I’m really, really happy,” said Coles.

Coles said the qualifying series was nerve-racking experience.

“I was fighting myself to keep relaxed. When the pressure was on, I focused on my breathing and keeping everything loose. It was all about keeping a calm body and a calm mind,” said Coles.

In the men’s skeet final, Victoria’s Luke Argiro overcame a slow start to win the decider and give himself an outside chance of Olympic team selection if the selectors opt to move a team quota.

Australia has only one men’s skeet quota for the Tokyo Olympics and Queensland’s Paul Adams is destined to secure that position after winning all three previous skeet nomination events.

However, the selectors have the option to move a quota position within the same gender and Argiro tallied 52 targets in the final to defeat 2016 Rio Olympian, Keith Ferguson (50) with NSW James Bolding (42) in third place.

“I got away to a shaky start but I’m glad I pushed through. It was good to finish on a good note,” said Argiro.

On the possibility the selectors could move a quota and include him in the team, Argiro said: “That’s something that’s out of my hands. All I could do is shoot well and win today and I’ll leave the rest up to the selectors.”

In the women’s 25m Pistol, 2016 Rio Olympian Elena Galiabovitch completed a clean sweep of the nomination trials with another comfortable victory.

Galiabovitch scored 31 points out of a possible 50 with Queensland’s Civon Smith (23) and NSW’s Dannielle Moleman (16) the runners-up.


NSW’s Dan Repacholi was staring down the gun barrel of missing selection for a fifth Olympic Games before recovering to win the men’s 10m Air Pistol in the last Tokyo Games nomination event at the Sydney International Shooting Centre today.

The big, burly athlete from NSW’s Hunter Valley faced the prospect of being the first athlete eliminated in the nomination event final after the first 10 of 24 shots, while his Olympic team selection rival, Bailey Groves, topped the early scoring chart.

But in a stunning form reversal, Repacholi slowly climbed up the scoreboard while Groves capitulated and was placed fourth.

Repacholi eventually scored 235.1 points to comfortably defeat Western Australia’s Scott Anderson (227.9) and Victoria’s Sergei Evglevski (210.9).

“I knew what Bailey had to do and I knew what I had to do. I knew that if I didn’t finish last, then everything will be ok,” said Repacholi.

“If Bailey won and I finished last, then we would have been tied on the nomination scoreboard,” he said.

Repacholi lamented how he began the final and said he was concentrating more on Groves’ performance than his own.

“I started horrendously. My first 10 shots were terrible. I then stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing and just focused on one shot at a time,” he said.

Repacholi said he will use the time between now and the Games, scheduled for July, focusing on the mental aspects of his shooting.

“Physically, I know I can shoot tens every time, but I need to work on my mental capability,” he explained.

In the women’s 10m Air Pistol final, Victoria’s Elena Galiabovitch secured her second event victory in the nomination series.

Galiabovitch trailed Queensland’s Dina Aspandiyarova by 0.9 points with two shots remaining but stormed over the top to eventually tally 235.5 points to defeat Aspandiyarova (233.1) with NSW’s Dannielle Moleman (210.7) placed third.

Despite being placed second, Aspandiyarova seems certain to claim Australia’s Olympic quota position for the event as she topped the event nomination table by 21 points.

It will be Aspandiyarova’s fourth Olympic Games having represented Australia at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for her native Kazakhstan.


Victoria’s Elise Collier is on the cusp of Tokyo Olympic Games selection after producing a sensational performance in the women’s 10m Air Rifle at the Wingfield Rifle Range in Adelaide today.

Collier, who was ranked second behind South Australia’s Tori Rossiter, going into today’s final Olympic Games nomination event, produced the best qualifying score of the season before blowing her opponents away with a brilliant display in the final.

In the final, Collier posted a personal best score of 253.6 to comfortably defeat South Australia’s Emma Adams (247.5) and Rossiter (225.8).

Collier’s qualifying score of 629.2 was a mere 0.1 point behind her personal best, while Rossiter managed 623.9 points.

With shooters’ best three scores from the four nomination events counting towards Olympic team nomination, Collier ended the qualification series with a total of 1902.7 points, 2.8 points ahead of Rossiter (1899.1 points).

“I was very happy with how I performed today. I didn’t put any expectations on myself. I just went out to do the best that I can,” a delighted Collier said.

“When you’re on, you’re on.”

Collier, 20, was the beneficiary of the Olympic Games nomination policy as she suffered rifle problems leading into the first event where she registered a qualifying score of 622 and was the second athlete eliminated in the final.

“I had a lot of issues with my rifle. You name it, I had it. When we fired it off a bench in a vice, it was shooting eights, but we finally manage to fix it in time” she explained.

While Collier waits for the announcement of the Australian Olympic shooting team, she will return home and head to the Gippsland district to selflessly assist friends who suffered devastation during the recent bushfires.

“We’ve had friends and families lose properties, and some friends lost their lives, during the recent bushfires. So, dad and I will head down there to help out and do whatever we can,” she said.

In the men’s 10m Air Rifle, South Australia’s Alex Hoberg capped off a perfect last nomination event when capturing his second event gold medal in successive days to stake a strong claim to be awarded Australia’s second quota position for the event.

It was Hoberg’s first 10m Air Rifle victory of the nomination series and came 24 hours after capturing the men 50m 3 Positions gold medal.

Hoberg, once again, held his nerve with the final shot to tally 251.1 points to defeat Queensland’s dual Olympian Dane Sampson (249.8) and Victoria’s Michael Davis (226.8).

Despite his loss, Sampson topped the nomination scoreboard with 1908.2 points, with Hoberg (1903.9) a healthy 7.5 points ahead of third placed, Jack Rossiter (1896.4).