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.


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


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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 – 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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Retiring shooter Dan Repacholi has claimed the Hunter’s second gold medal of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after taking out the men’s 50 metre pistol event on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, with his wife Alex and two daughters in the stands at the Belmont Shooting Centre, finished 6.7 points ahead of his nearest rival Bangladesh’s Shakil Ahmed (220.5). India’s Om Mitharval (201.1) was third.

“It’s amazing,” he told Channel 7 straight after the victory. “To win gold in front of my beautiful wife, my two beautiful kids and all our family it’s fantastic.”

Repacholi said the result could have been different without the home-crowd support.
“Definitely [you get something from them],” he said. “It was great, they were behind me the whole way. I don’t know if the same result would have happened if they weren’t here or if it was in another country.”

Earlier this week Repacholi was fourth in the final of the 10m air pistol, which he won in Glasgow in 2014, but bounced back for the longer-distance decider, “I continued to build and build and build throughout the final and just got better as it went,” he said. “That’s what you need to do in a final, unfortunately I didn’t get to do that in the last event two days ago but this time I have so it’s fantastic.”

The four-time Olympian now has six medals, featuring three gold, from four Commonwealth Games appearances starting in Melbourne 12 years ago.

Before the event he announced this would be his last international shoot.

Original article by Josh Callinan can be found here.


Dane Sampson started Australia’s #GC2018 shooting campaign with a bang, clinching gold in a tense final of the men’s 10m air rifle competition.

Queenslander Sampson prevailed with a score of 245.0, edging out Bangladeshi Abdullah Hel Baki (silver) and India’s Ravi Kumar (bronze), while 16-year-old Aussie Alex Hoberg narrowly missed the podium and finished fourth.

Sampson had a distinct home ground advantage at the Belmont Shooting Complex.

“I pretty much grew up here,” Sampson said. “My mum was shooting here when she was pregnant with me, basically, literally on this range. It’s special, having it here,” he said.

Shooting in her first international final, Elena Galiabovitch claimed bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol. Galiabovitch showed nerves of steel to snare Australia’s first shooting medal, scoring 214.9 points.

“I feel great and worked so hard for this – it is a bit of a relief and I am a bit tired, but really excited and happy.

“I was really happy to be in the final. I haven’t been in an international final before so it’s an exciting experience and the crowd really spurred me on. Interestingly I didn’t get distracted by it.”

Indian teen sensation Manu Bhaker won gold with ease, finishing an astonishing 6.9 points clear in front with a Commonwealth Games record total of 240.9, while compatriot Heena Sidhu took the silver medal.

Victorian Aislin Jones, reached the women’s skeet finals after qualifying with the second-highest score but was the first shooter eliminated.Fellow Australian and defending champion Laura Coles was eliminated.

Ashley Gillespie – Commonwealth Games Australia