Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
2014 has come to an end, and what an outstanding year it has been!
Please note that Shooting Australia's office will be closed for two weeks, from 4:30pm December 19th and will reopen 8:30am Jan 5th.
We look forward to working with you again in 2015. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the festive season.
Best wishes from everyone at Shooting Australia.
Shooting Australia's 2015 Awards of Excellence - bookings open!
We’re having our pinnacle awards night in February and everyone’s welcome!
When: Saturday 21 February 2015
Where: Novotel Rooty Hill Hotel, Waratah Room. 33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766.
Tickets: $50 per ticket or book a table of ten for $450 (tickets subsidised by SA)
Purchase tickets: Book Online
Dress: Cocktail – Dress to impress
Ticket Sales close: Friday 12 February 2015.
Come and celebrate with us as we acknowledge the past year’s achievements of our High Performance Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers.
Set to be bigger and better than last year's successful Awards night, join us as we present some prestigious awards, including Shooters of the Year, Coaches of the Year and Volunteers of the Year.
Bring your family and friends, sit back and enjoy a three course meal with drinks, and celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to our sport!
2015 Awards of Excellence - Call for Nominations
Shooting Australia’s Awards of Excellence night is fast approaching. Scheduled to take place in Sydney on Saturday 21 February 2015, this is our premier event, so please save the date.
Shooting Australia is now calling for finalists to be nominated by Member Bodies. Nominations are invited in the following categories, with Shooting Australia’s committees then recommending an overall winner in each category:
- Volunteer Coach of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
Please see the links below and send your finalist in each category to Belinda Eeles, Operations Manager, by Monday 12 January 2015.
Awards of Excellence 2015 Memo
Awards of Excellence 2015 Nomination Criteria and Form
A4G Survey feedback generates positive strategies for improvement
Tuesday 2 December 2014
As part of its continual improvement philosophy, a confidential Aiming4Gold (A4G) athlete survey was conducted in October 2014 to evaluate the A4G program.
The survey specifically sought feedback regarding the impact of A4G, the areas that were perceived as working well and the areas that could be improved. As a performance-based program, this type of feedback allows strategies to be formulated to address any perceived deficiencies and maximise our strengths.
With 85% of athletes completing the survey, feedback focused around communication, athlete support, planning, the daily training environment and access to performance services.
All results were analysed by the High Performance Committee and National Coaches at their November meetings with discussions about strategies generated as a result of this vital feedback.
Work has already begun to address this feedback including strategies to enhance communication within the program (athlete/coach/High Performance Manager/Shooting Australia), an Athlete Performance Plan (APP) for every A4G athlete, personal accountability for all (athlete/coach/High Performance Manager/Shooting Australia) via this APP, nomination of performance service personnel for every A4G athlete, formalisation of an A4G athlete’s daily training environment and more attention to addressing an individual’s ‘off-range’ challenges.
I thank all A4G athletes for their honesty and willingness to be part of this survey.
- Tim Mahon, Shooting Australia High Performance Manager
Stars line up for Shooting Australia
Wednesday 12 November 2014
Shooting Australia has named its 2014/15 Aiming4Gold (A4G) Squad, with 43 athletes selected across five separate programs. To view the full 2014/15 Aiming4Gold Squad click here
In what has been an outstanding year of success for Shooting, with the High Performance teams having eclipsed all benchmark medal targets, the new squad is a mix of world class athletes and those with genuine potential to be future medallists for Australia.
With victories in 2014 that have included medals at the World Championship (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), Commonwealth Games (6 Gold, 2 Bronze) and the Paralympic program’s international season (2 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze), Shooting Australia is gearing up for a strong campaign leading into Rio selection.
Led by newly crowned World Champion, World Number One and Commonwealth Games Champion Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW), the 2014/15 A4G Squad is categorised into three tiers: Performance, Talent and Futures.
The team will be supported by a new breed of world class shooters, including World Championship bronze medallist Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) and Commonwealth Games champions Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) and Laura Coles (Hocking, WA).
Also looking to establish themselves, ahead of selection for the Rio Olympics, will be the younger generation including Penny Smith (Bookaar, VIC), Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC), Elena Galiabovitch (Mentone, VIC), Chris Summerell (Toukley, NSW), Emma Adams (Woodcroft, SA), Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) and Matthew Pozzebon (West Wallsend, NSW).
Potent back on top of the world
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) has reclaimed the top spot in 50m Rifle Prone Men in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) ranking, after his resounding victory at the ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain, last month.
The 52-year-old draughtsman has worked incredibly hard this season, to rise to the top of the sport and claim his career's first World Championship title, in the wake of a shaky international run in 2013.
In Potent’s words: “It goes to show a person can be competitive at any age in our sport.”
Potent has demonstrated longevity of success in the Shooting Sports by holding the World Number One rank several times in his illustrious career.
“I first got to the number one rank after the Bangkok World Cup in 2007 and stayed at that rank until the end of 2007. From then on until late in 2010, I stayed within the top three before rising again to world number one early in 2008, then again in 2009.”
In August this year, Potent claimed his debut individual Commonwealth Games title, in Glasgow, where the Australian Shooting team eclipsed all medal-expectations by securing six gold and two bronze medals.