Aussies dominate Championship with four more quotas
Sunday 29 November 2015
Australia has done it again, this time securing all four quotas on offer today at the Oceania Continental Championship in Sydney.
Atlanta Games bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) headlined the day’s events by claiming the Trap Men’s title and qualifying a Rio quota. The second quota in that event went to silver medallist Glenn Kable (Fiji). 18-year-old Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) won the bronze medal.
Vella said he was nervous at the start of the semi-final stage.
“I felt a bit unsettled in the semi, and didn’t get the start I wanted. I just had to focus on my shooting instead of everyone else’s and reset and go for gold. I’m happy now, so I can relax and have a good Christmas.
“I’m also happy to have won the championship. Glenn beat us last time around and I wanted to get one back on him,” Vella said.
The 50m Rifle Prone quota was won by South Aussie Fred Woodhouse after an impressive bronze medal performance, with the title going to Dane Sampson (Oakden, SA) who has already won a quota spot.
Woodhouse didn’t think he would win the quota when he began his event.
“I wasn’t sure I would win it, especially after a shaky start but had to settle down and refocus to find my way back up. I took a few deep breaths. I had confidence in myself and I knew I was the right man for the job if I kept to my procedure,” he said.
Clean Sweep for Australia on Opening Day of Oceanias
Friday 27 November 2015
Australia has qualified three Olympic spots from as many available, on the opening day of the Oceania Championship in Sydney today.
Emma Woodroofe (Parham, SA) staged an amazing victory in the Women’s Rifle 3 Position final when she made a last-minute dash to the finish, coming from fifth place to equal New Zealand’s Jenna Mackenzie, and then claim the title in a shoot-off.
Woodroofe’s gold medal also secured Australia a spot for the Rio Olympic Games, a victory she will always carry with her.
“I’m so excited to have won the quota place for Australia. I like an exciting Final, so it played to my strength a little bit. I wasn’t too nervous because I knew that the standing position is my strength, so I was sure that if I did what I was good at, I would get there. It would be awesome if I got to go to Rio!” Woodroofe said.
Australian Shooting Team sets sights on Rio
Monday 23 November 2015
Australia’s shooting team will have its final chance to gain Olympic qualification spots this week as they compete in the Oceania Continental Championship at the Sydney International Shooting Centre at Cecil Park, in Sydney.
Heading into this continental qualifying event, Australia has so far won four quota places for the Rio Games and has the opportunity to seal another 15 places across the six days of competition (November 25 - December 2).
About 200 athletes from eight nations are expected to compete, with competitors representing Australia, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and New Zealand.
Smith smashes Australian record en route to Gold
Thursday 5 November 2015
London Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) has broken the Australian record and achieved a personal best on her way to collecting the Gold medal, at the International Paralympic Committee World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.
Smith set a new Australian record in the R8 SH1 3 Position rifle event, with a qualifying score of 576, a mere point behind Slovakian star, Veronkia Vadovicova.
In the nail-biting final, Smith went head-to-head with the Slovakian, battling fiercely to take the Gold from Vadovicova.
After the final, an excited Smith said she was very happy with her result.
“It was a very tough final. I’m very happy with the new PB and new AUS record, and winning the Gold is great! Now I'm back on the track where I would like to be.”