Green and Gold dominate at Oceania Championship
Tuesday 3 December 2013
The Aussies are off to a great start at the Oceania Continental Shooting Championship (29 November to December 5), with some excellent results across the competition.
At the half-way point of the competition Australia has won 13 of the 15 Individual Commonwealth Games events shot so far. The two Commonwealth Games individual events yet to be contested are Men’s Trap and Men’s 50m Pistol.
Highlights from the competition have included the comeback of defending 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Alethea Sedgman (Natimuk, VIC), who won the Silver medal in Women’s 3P Rifle yesterday. The championship title for Women’s 3P went to Jenna Mackenzie from New Zealand, who took the lead with just two shots remaining. Fellow Kiwi Rowena Stackhouse won the 50m Rifle Prone title in a tightly contested match.
With her sights set firmly on the Commonwealth Games, Maria Rebling (Woonona, NSW) has clinched the Oceania championship title in Women’s Air Rifle. Rebling was a junior national champion in Germany, before immigrating to Australia. The second place went to rising star Emma Adams (Old Reynella, SA).
Youngster Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) held his nerve in the Men's Air Rifle final to take his first major win from Dane Sampson (Findon, SA) who came second. This is Rossiter’s debut Oceania event. The 50m Men’s Prone Championship title went to Beijing Olympic bronze medallist and current Australian number one Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW).
Over in the Shotgun discipline, Women’s Double Trap was won by Gaye Shale (Rutherglen, VIC), while Women’s Skeet was won by Laura Coles (Hocking, WA). Coles is currently ranked number one in Australia in Women’s Skeet. The Women’s Trap title went to Emma Cox (Mooroopna, VIC).
There were surprise packets in the Men’s Shotgun events, with the Men’s Skeet title going to Daniel Baskerville (Arncliffe, NSW), while youngster Andrew Smith (Bookaar, VIC) took the Gold in Men’s Double Trap.
In the Pistol discipline, Lalita Yauhleuskaya (Berwick, VIC) dominated the competition, with her double win across the 25m Pistol Women and 10m Air Pistol events.
Over in the Men’s events, Gary Mullens (Castlemaine, VIC) won the Gold in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event, while veteran athlete Queenslander Bruce Favell won the Gold medal in the 10m Pistol Men’s event.
Competition continues across the week, with Youth Olympic Games (YOG) quota places up for grabs over Wednesday and Thursday in the Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s Air Pistol and Air Rifle events.
World Championship reaffirms Adams’ rise
Thursday 19 September 2013
Paul Adams (Kippa-ring, QLD) has finished in eighth place in the men's skeet event at the ISSF World Shotgun Championship in Lima, Peru.
At his debut World Championship competition, Adams shot in an Olympic class field, finishing with 122 targets out of a possible 125.
Currently ranked number one in Australia in men’s skeet, the 21-year-old positioned himself well within the top ten, going into the finals.
He shot rounds of 24-24-25-24-25 and then went into a four-person shoot off for the sixth finals' spot, where he narrowly missed out.
A total score of 122 has earned Adams a Performance Qualifying Score (PQS), his fourth this year. Adams remains a strong contender for nomination to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Shooting Gold at Universiade
Saturday 13 July 2013
Catherine Skinner has won Australia’s fourth gold medal of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
As one of Australia’s best women trap shooters, she has deserved to finally finish on top, going one better than her silver medal in the same event in Shenzhen, China two years ago.
Born and bred in Mansfield, Victoria before moving to boarding school in Melbourne, Skinner had been vying to add gold to her growing collection of silver medals.
“It is definitely some icing on the cake to get that bit of gold into the mix of silver,” she said. Despite making a sluggish start in the semi-final and final, Skinner defeated Silvana Stanco 11 to 10 hits in the gold medal match, after qualifying with 69 hits and equally leading the semi-finals with 13 hits.