Shooting Australia is excited to welcome Anne-Marie Nickless, who has been appointed as Community Development Officer.

Joining SA after more than 10 years with Tennis South Australia, Anne-Marie brings strong leadership skills from extensive experience in managing both staff and volunteers. During her time working for Tennis SA, Anne-Marie assumed roles for several major international events including Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Adelaide International ATP event, City of Playford Tennis International and World Tennis Challenge.

Taking on the role after the departure of Jaime Drumm, Anne-Marie has experience across all areas of sport participation. This includes roles in volunteer and coach education, facility development, club management, implementing participation activities and growing programs with links to local clubs.

SA would like to thank former Community Development Officer, Jaime Drumm who has taken on a role in his own business. Jaime was one of SA’s most visible and well received team members among our sport community. His achievements include driving the delivery of our successful National Come and Try May program and, more recently, reviewing and updating our para classification resources.

Anne-Marie has commenced in the role of Community Development Officer at the SA National Office in Adelaide and can be contacted at [email protected] or on +61 8 8177 1860.



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.



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

Please find below the outcomes of our recent Shooting Australia Performance Series Review.

The agreed Performance Series outcomes in priority order will be to;

  1. Deliver a quality high performance competition and environment following ISSF rules and standards to ensure our athletes, coaches and officials are appropriately prepared and practiced for international competition;
  2. Deliver non-Olympic events  that matter, to ensure their long-term viability and where these events assist delivery of high performance outcomes i.e. 50m Rifle Prone; and
  3. Deliver events that are accessible to the shooting community (athletes, coaches and officials) to promote a career and developmental pathway.

Below are a list of the key findings identified through the review and workshop process;

  • Athletes want quality high performance events delivered consistently;
  • You want Shooting Australia to take back and be responsible for the delivery of these events and their standard and quality;
  • Provide a more professional product;
  • Better communication is required with hosts and the community on the timing and logistics of planned events;
  • Use the Performance Series to more formally mentor and up-skill our officials;
  • Enforce the code-of-conduct so that our athletes, staff, officials and volunteers feel safe in this environment. Be stronger on people not meeting the code-of conduct;
  • Better integration of para-shooting athletes into these events;
  • Introduce a “registration fee” to help provide consistency of product by contributing to the costs of key volunteers to attend each event;
  • Introduce “tips” and “best practice” information sheets for consistency of these events and those below it;
  • Reintroduce an online ranking system;
  • Better communication to the community on “What is the Performance Series and why is it important?”, i.e. communicate the agreed outcomes in priority order.

There were also a range of other ideas and solutions communicated with us and we will be looking at ways to incorporate these into the Performance Series for 2019.

It is clear that you want a performance series to be delivered in a high performing consistent way to justify the series name.

Thank you to the large number of people who took the time to detail, write and discuss with us how they want the future of the Performance Series to look. We are going to do everything we can to meet your expectations and deliver an elite domestic series.

Please feel free to contact our events team at any time to discuss.

Kindest regards,

Kelly Wright
Head of Marketing – Shooting Australia



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


Shooting Australia will be undertaking a review of the Performance Series and is assembling a working group comprising of community, athletes, officials, staff, venues, and High Performance representatives to reassess the current Performance Series. This may result in a complete overhaul of the Performance Series or some minor or major amendments. However, as not everyone can be part of the Working Group Shooting Australia invites members of our community to have your say by making a Submission. Shooting Australia is calling for submissions from our community, Member Bodies, State Associations, Clubs, and Athletes via email to [email protected] regarding the current Performance Series and domestic events looking at future delivery options.

Please make sure the feedback you provide is carefully considered and can be used to inform the Working Group. When having your say, it is important to be clear on the solutions and ideas you formulate. In developing your submission you should ask yourself questions like:

  • What do I want to see happen with elite domestic events in Australia?
  • What do I think is good about what is currently being delivered?
  • Where do I think changes could be made to improve current domestic competitions/events/series?
  • What could a premiere domestic competition series or event look like?

Writing a submission presents an opportunity for you to share your local knowledge and experience with us. It is important to have a clear message that we can respond to, and it is important to be realistic.

In anticipation of your response thank you for your time.

Kelly Wright
Head of Marketing – Shooting Australia