Coles fires against World’s Best
Saturday 28 March 2015
Glasgow Commonwealth Games skeet champion Laura Coles (Hocking, WA) has narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Al Ain, UAE.
Competing in her first ever semi-final at an ISSF World Cup, the 27-year-old exercise physiologist shot 71/75 targets, recording 23-25-23 across three rounds of qualification, to go into the semi-final in third place, amidst a line-up of the best in the world.
In a hotly contested qualification, triple Olympic gold medallist Kimberly Rhode (USA), who was tipped to be a favourite, was edged out of the final line-up in a shoot-off against Italy’s Olympic champion Chiara Cainero.
Coles shot 11 targets in the semi-final to secure a spot in the bronze medal match against Italy’s Katiuscia Spada, who proved too strong, winning the medal by five targets.
Diamond and Scanlan inspire Federal Parliamentarians
Friday 27 March 2015
Dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond (Fingal Bay, NSW) and Commonwealth Games Champion Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) represented Shooting Australia as guest speakers, at the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting forum, hosted on Monday 23 March within Parliament House in Canberra.
The new group, co-chaired by Victorian National Party Senator Bridget McKenzie and Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, aims to promote shooting sports and provide a voice for Shooting Australia within the Federal Government.
In introducing the two high-profile athletes, Senator McKenzie, said how inspired she was by their sporting performances.
“Michael, you are one of Australia’s sporting legends, and a champion of your sport. Incredibly, you could be going to your sixth Olympic Games next year,” Senator McKenzie said, as she welcomed Diamond to speak.
Arguably one of the world’s best known shooters, Diamond said that his sporting career achievements have humbled him.
Willett wows World, sets Junior World Record
Wednesday 25 March 2015
19-year-old Junior Double Trap athlete James Willett (Corowa, NSW) has set a Junior World Record in qualifying with 142/150 targets at his first ever International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, overnight.
Shooting alongside some of the best athletes in the world, including Olympians and World Cup medallists, in a field that could well have mirrored an Olympic final, Willett qualified in second place for the final. In a brilliant final’s effort by the young Australian debutant, he shot 23/30 targets, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal match, and the chance to win an Olympic quota for Australia.
Willett rose to fame last year, when he won the 2014 World Junior Down the Lane Championship in New Zealand, after winning two of their national championships.
Shooting Australia mourns tragic passing of Ashley Adams
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Australia has lost a great rifle athlete by the tragic passing of Ashley Adams (Blackall, QLD), yesterday, in a motorbike accident on his farm. Adams was 59. Adams is survived by his son, Ian.
Unnervingly, the former World Champion (50m Rifle Prone) had acquired his disability in a similar incident in 1982, when as a 26-year-old, whilst racing his motorbike in a local competition in Blackall, he came off his bike and broke his back, paralysing him instantly.
An emotional head coach Miro Sipek, said, “Ashley was a leader for the rest of the team. Now, I know, we will be doing it for him.”
Speaking about the team which is still reeling in shock, Sipek said, “No one slept last night, everyone is just shattered. Ashley was meant to lead the team to Rio in 2016, now, they’ll do it for him instead.”
Australian Rifle athletes shine in Adelaide
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Current World Champion Warren Potent has continued his stranglehold on the Australia Cup series with a solid performance in the 50m Prone Men’s event. Over two days of competitions, Potent recorded world-class scores of 628.2 and 626.2.
Potent was super charged in the final on Sunday, when he shot 210.5, just 0.5 of a point from his own record of 210.9, which he set at the Australia Cup 3 in Brisbane in June 2013.
In the same event, Dane Sampson continues to demonstrate an upward performance trend, after shooting 625.3 on Sunday, which is another world class score.
Jennifer Hens and Sampson were the stand out performers in Air Rifle. Both set new Australian Records on Sunday (Jen shot 416.1, which is just 0.1 off the World Benchmark Score of 416.2 and Dane shot 627.6, which is over the WBS of 625.8). Hens and Sampson displayed strong form even on the day before, recording solid performances of 413.5 and 622.9 respectively.
Diamond shines with Silver and another Rio quota for AUS
Wednesday 4 March 2015
In what has been a terrific World Cup campaign, Australia’s most decorated shotgun shooter, dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond (Fingal Bay, NSW) has secured a silver medal in Men’s Trap at the ISSF World cup in Acapulco, a second win in as many days for the team.
Diamond’s top-two podium finish has also earned Australia a highly-contested and sought after quota for the Rio Olympic Games in the Men’s trap event.
Chef de Mission of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Kitty Chiller commended the team on Twitter, saying, “Congrats to @AUSOlympicTeam champ Michael Diamond & @ShootingAus for 2nd World Cup Silver and 2nd Rio quota spot in Mexico today #RoadtoRio.”
Diamond and fellow Aussie, Atlanta Olympic Games bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) competed across two days of qualification, amidst an Olympic class field of 84 athletes. Diamond led the competition from the start, recording a total of 124/125 targets, and safely landing a spot in the six-person final. Vella finished his World Cup campaign in Acapulco on 121/125 targets, just a whisker short of making a berth in the final.
Scanlan secures World Cup Silver and Rio quota place for Australia
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) has stormed through three competition stages of Women’s Trap at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco to bring home the silver medal.
24-year-old Scanlan shot 73 out of 75 targets across three rounds of qualification, to spearhead her way into the semi-final stage of the competition. She maintained her dominance over the playing field, shooting 14 out of 15 targets in the semis, to secure a gold-medal match against USA’s Corey Cogdell, where the American proved stronger, to win the title by four targets. New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney won the bronze medal.
Scanlan’s silver medal has earned a second quota place for Australia in this event, at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with the first being secured by Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) after winning the bronze medal at the 2014 ISSF World Championship in Granada.