Rio 2016 Olympic Games representative, Mitch Iles, has the opportunity to score a hat-trick of Performance Series victories when he looks to capture the men’s Trap title at the Victorian ISSF Shotgun Championships which commence in Echuca tomorrow.
Iles has been in blazing form this season winning the men’s Trap at the Yarra Valley Grand Prix and NSW ISSF Shotgun Championships in recent weeks.
Iles narrowly missed Australian Olympic team selection after last year’s Olympic nomination events and has displayed his class with outstanding victories against top line competition.
Australia’s two men’s Trap Olympic team-members, James Willett and Thomas Grice, will be in action at Echuca and they will be joined by 2008 Australian Olympian Craig Henwood, plus several National Squad members.
Iles will partner fellow Echuca local Kiara Dean when the Mixed Trap Pairs is contested tomorrow.
Dean, a National Squad member, won the women’s Trap gold medal at the NSW ISSF Shotgun titles earlier this month and she will be looking to use her home range advantage against a classy field which includes Australia’s Tokyo Olympic women’s Trap representatives, Penny Smith and Laetisha Scanlan.
Scanlan and Smith (40 points) head the women’s Trap Performance Series leaderboard with Dean (35 points) in third place.
In the women’s Skeet, Western Australia’s Laura Coles is aiming to continue her hot form by clinching a third successive victory in the Performance Series.
Coles has been training throughout Victoria and NSW in recent weeks as part of her preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.
Men’s Skeet London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympian, Keith Ferguson, will make his first appearance of the Performance Series at Echuca.
Ferguson will be looking to make up lost ground on Men’s Skeet Performance Series joint leaders, Joshua Bell and Frank Morris (40 points), who have each recorded one victory this season.
Performance Series leaderboards can be viewed at Leaderboards – Shooting Australia