Endorsed Event Series Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 13th December 2021

COMPETITION

What will the 2022 Endorsed Event Series be used for?

The 2022 Endorsed Event Series aims to achieve three primary objectives:

  1. National Team Selection – Some of the events within the 2022 Endorsed Event Series will be identified as events that will be used for 2022 World Championships National Team selection
  2. Average Performance Score – provide athletes with an opportunity to record a performance score (i.e. qualification score) that will go towards their Average Performance Score
  3. Officials and Volunteers – provide an opportunity for ISSF licence officials to remain active in officiating at ISSF events, we well as provide an opportunity for volunteers and officials to become active in officiating at ISSF events

Who can compete in an event that is part of the 2022 Endorsed Event Series?

The 2022 Endorsed Event Series has an emphasis on inclusivity enabling any able-bodied or para-athlete who competes in ISSF and WSPS disciplines the opportunity to compete. The 2022 Endorsed Event Series offers Athletes an all-inclusive opportunity to participate in a national domestic series of events.

Is the 2022 Endorsed Event Series replacing the Performance Series?

Yes. Performance points will no longer be awarded for endorsed events. At the conclusion of the 2022 Endorsed Event Series, Shooting Australia and the five Member Organisations will each have the opportunity to nominate one athlete in each of the three disciplines (pistol, rifle and shotgun) who they regard as being the best and fairest throughout the domestic competition season. These nominations will be voted on and the best and fairest athletes announced during the 2022 Awards of Excellence.

Will Shooting Australia be coordinating registration/entries for all endorsed events?

No. Registration/entries for all endorsed events will be coordinated by the Event Hosts.

Where will I find information about all of the events and how I register/enter?

You can visit HERE for information on all events and how to register/enter. You can also find information on each event on the Shooting Australia Facebook Page. Shooting Australia will also send out regular event communication by email so ensure you have subscribed to receive this information and you can do this by clicking HERE.

Will the finals be run as open finals?

There may be occasions where both Men and Women will compete in the same final due to the event structure or low entries. The finals formats will be confirmed within each events advertisement and communication.

Will the events be broadcast?

All events within the 2022 Endorsed Event Series will be captured as one or a combination of event content which may include photos, live finals broadcast, post event packages, post event written recaps, live crosses to the range, and athlete interviews. Should an event be live broadcast, this will be communicated in the lead up to an event.

As an Athlete, what would be considered appropriate dress when competing at an event?

It is important that your clothing when competing at an event complies with the dress code of your National Association. Squad Athletes may be requested to wear their Squad uniform and this will be communicated by the Shooting Australia High Performance Team. Please be mindful that there may be photography and videography at events, a possible media presence as well as live broadcast. Please also be mindful of your dress and presentation when being presented with a medal on the dais. Beachwear will not be considered as appropriate.

Will I be subject to random drug testing as an Athlete while at an endorsed event?

It is important to note that any Athlete can be subject to a random drug test at a domestic event. Drug testing is not specific to a Medal winner or a High Performance/Squad Athlete.

Where can I further educate myself on anti doping?

The Australian National Anti-doping Policy that came into effect 1 January 2021 can be found HERE. The Shooting Australia website will continue to be updated should there be any changes to this policy.

I am really interested in Officiating at some of the events. How do I go about this?

Target Shooting Sports strongly rely on Community input and it is the dedication of so many Officials and Volunteers that influences the successful delivery of events. If you have any questions or would like to express your interest on getting involved, you can contact Shooting Australia’s Event Coordinator by email [email protected].


TEAM SELECTION

I have noticed that some of the endorsed events will also be events used for National Team Selection. How do the two differ?

From time to time Shooting Australia will use different endorsed events as part of a National Team selection series for specific International events. In 2022 some of the endorsed events have been identified as events that will be used for 2022 World Championship Team selection. The delivery requirements for these national team selection events will be more stringent and as close as possible to an international event standard.  Regardless of whether or not you are vying to be in contention to be selected to a National Team, all participants are welcome to enter any endorsed event. If you have any further questions on this topic, please contact the National Coach for your relative discipline.

If I am unable to attend an event due to a border closure and this event is part of a National Team selection series, how will this affect my ability to be considered for selection?

Shooting Australia understands that the inability to attend an event (due to circumstances such as a border closure or requirement to quarantine when crossing a border) that forms part of a National Team selection series will impact some Athletes. The 2022 Endorsed Event Series will encompass a selection series for the 2022 World Championships. Within the selection policy for the 2022 World Championships national team, event cancellation or the inability to attend events will be covered. The selection policy can be viewed HERE. If you have any further questions on this topic, please contact the National Coach for your relative discipline.


COVID-19

If 2022 is faced with any disruption to events due to Covid-19, when will a decision be made on an event going ahead?

Shooting Australia will work closely with Event Partners and Hosts to monitor the Covid-19 situation and any enforced regulations that may impact an event. An initial assessment of each event and its viability to proceed will be made 28 days prior to its commencement, with further check in points at 21 days, 14 days and a  final decision made no later than 7 days prior.

With the nature of Covid-19 there may be situations that arise outside of Shooting Australia’s control following the decision which is made prior to an event. This means an event may still be cancelled with minimal notice.

I am nervous about domestic travel and Covid-19. What measures are in place for everyone attending endorsed events?

Shooting Australia will continue to work closely with Event Partners and Hosts to ensure there is a Covid-Safe Plan for all events. Shooting Australia will support any Covid-Safe requirements (including vaccination) that are enforced by an event host (Club, State or National Member Organisation) or local or state Government body. Shooting Australia will assist the event hosts with the communication of any Covid safe requirements (including vaccination) in the lead up to an event. It will be the responsibility of the event host to enforce any applicable Covid safe requirements (including vaccination) during the delivery of the event.

Shooting Australia has also established some Covid-Safe Guidelines for Domestic Events that can be found HERE

Is it my responsibility to familiarise myself with the Covid-19 regulations of my residing state and the state I am travelling to?

Yes. Shooting Australia will make available as much educational material as possible, but it is the responsibility of all those attending events whether as an Athlete, Spectator, support network, Official or Staff Member to ensure they are familiar with any regulations that will impact attendance at an event. Shooting Australia will not be responsible for any event attendees who failed to comply with any regulations resulting in a fine or mandatory quarantine at the individual’s personal expense.

If a Shooting Australia Staff Member, or an Official engaged by Shooting Australia, is required to attend an event outside of their home state, who will be responsible should there be a sudden change in situation due to Covid eg a border closure with minimal notice?

Shooting Australia will be responsible for ensuring the Staff Member, or an Official engaged by Shooting Australia is safe at all times. Shooting Australia will provide the necessary support to get the Staff Member or Official home in the quickest and safest manner. Should there be knowledge of any Covid issues prior to a Staff Member or Official departing their home state, their travel to the event will be cancelled.

If an Athlete attends an event outside of their home state, who will be responsible should there be a sudden change in situation due to Covid e.g. a border closure with minimal notice?

All Athletes attending events that form part of the 2022 Endorsed Event Series will be responsible for their own attendance including adjusting to any change in situation due to Covid. Should an Athlete need to leave an event prior to its completion, Shooting Australia will facilitate a refund of entry fees. Athletes must be aware of any Covid specific travel restrictions prior to departing their home state and must take full responsibility for their travel.


CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS

If an event is cancelled after I have paid my registration/entry fee, will a refund be made?

Yes. Should an event be cancelled when registrations/entries have already been made, the process on receiving a refund will be advised upon notification of the event cancellation.

If I fall unwell resulting in me not being able to attend an event and I have paid my registration/entry fee, will a refund be made?

Yes. If advice of you being unwell is received prior to the commencement of the event, a refund will be arranged.

If I fall unwell during an event and am unable to finish the competition, will a refund be arranged?

No. Once competition has commenced, should you fall unwell or feel unable to finish the competition a refund will not be possible.