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

Reflection on National Come And Try May

The last 6 months or more have been an amazing ride with everyone enthusiastic about working together to develop a national campaign. From the SA Board, the Member Body support, State Associations, and most importantly the Clubs. Everyone has played their part in what we have achieved and we should be proud of what we’ve accomplished in year one.

Here are some quick stats;
• 120 clubs
• 1274 National Come And Try May participants
• 1578 Activation Zone participants at the Commonwealth Games
• Newscorp papers
– Average readership – 2,945,000
– Total reach – 7,772,000
• Newscorp digital
– 102,686 impressions
• Facebook ads
– 76,521 impressions
– 57,696 reach (how many unique people who received impressions)
• Google Ads
– 58,435 impressions
• Facebook posts
– 20 posts
– 64,838 reach
– 1820 comments/likes/shares
• Instagram posts
– 18 posts

This has been more than a membership drive, although that has definitely been one of the many positive outcomes for the sport. We’ve worked together, with one voice, nationwide, we’ve said come and try our sport, we’re really proud of who we are and what our sport is about and if you give it a try you’ll understand and most likely be hooked too!

During this event we’ve had some of the oldest shooting clubs in the world engaging people, we’ve had small regional clubs grow their membership by 50%. We’ve broken down barriers with members of local government, state government MP’s, and Federal Ministers.

You’ve begun conversations in some of the highest offices in the land, you’ve unlocked conversations about how to access funding opportunities, you’ve had radio, print media, and television coverage around the country.

While the numbers are important, they don’t tell the whole story of the impact that you have all made within your communities, and together across the country. Sometimes it might feel like it’s just you and your gun, or even your club. This is a great opportunity for us all to step back, and look at what we have achieved collectively in this first year of National Come And Try May.

Take a moment, pat yourselves on the back…

Then hold a spot in your calendar for May 2019 as we do it all again.

You can register for 2019 here.

I’ll be on leave now for the next 3 weeks, a full report will be available shortly after my return.

Thanks again to all for their contributions big or small. You’ve each made a meaningful impact on the growth of the sport, the understanding created in the community, we can be proud of what we have achieved together.

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.