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.”


Shooting Australia (SA) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified Sports Specific Volunteers and National Technical Officials to assist in delivering two major events at the end of 2019.

WSPS World Championships 9-19th October
Oceania Championships 1-9th November

Please see linked here the EOI for SSV’s and NTO’s for the WSPS World Championships and the Oceania Championships at the Sydney International Shooting Centre.

The EOI’s will close at the end of May 2019. 

If you require further information please do not hesitate to email Hayley at [email protected]


The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) in partnership with Shooting Australia (SA) is seeking to appoint a PL Adviser and AW&E Lead for the sport of Shooting.

Please find linked here the job advertisement and position description link.

Applications must be emailed to [email protected] no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 5 February.

Applicants should provide a letter of application, current CV and address the essential/desirable qualifications, experience and skills criteria outlined in the Position Description. Applicants who fail to do so will not be considered.

Interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday 20 February 2019.




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