High school student Yauhlevski bags debut international bronze
Tuesday 30 June 2015
17-year-old Sergei Yauhlevski (Berwick, VIC) has displayed remarkable talent by winning the bronze medal in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup, in Suhl, Germany, overnight.
The Berwick High School student qualified for the finals on a score of 562, whilst fellow Aussie Thomas Ashmore (ACT) qualified one point ahead on 563.
In the final, Ashmore finished in fifth place whilst Yauhlevski won the bronze medal, at his first international competition overseas.
National Coach Vladimir Galiabovitch was pleased with Yauhlevski’s performance.
“Sergei’s performance has been consistent, and considering that he has only been shooting this match for one year, it is a good performance,” Galiabovitch said.
Yauhlevski is the son of Belarus-born Lalita Yauhleuskaya, who is a Sydney Olympic bronze medallist and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.
“The qualification was my personal best in an international competition. I found the start of the final a bit nerve-racking but felt confident enough to pull off a medal,” Sergei said.
Willett’s bronze confirms a star on the rise
Monday 29 June 2015
Junior World Record holder James Willett (Mulwala, NSW) has claimed the bronze medal in Double Trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup in Suhl, Germany, on Saturday 27 June.
The 19-year-old farmer has risen to international fame for his consistent world-class scores. Willett’s top form shone through again, when he shot a solid 141/150 targets during the five rounds of qualification.
In the semi-final Willett shot the first 20 targets straight then missed four of the last 10 to enter a three-way shoot-off, to progress to the gold medal match.
Willett went on to win the bronze medal from Russia’s Kirill Fokeev.
Junior Cup Shotgun Coach Greg Chan praised Willett’s performance.
“An excellent effort which saw James’ 141 in qualifying only one target short of his own Junior World Record,” Chan said.
Willett told Shooting Australia that his experience at the ISSF Junior Cup had been a positive one.
“I tightened up a bit in the semi-final in the last five pairs, but was happy with the medal result. It is all a learning curve for me at this stage; and the more international comps and finals I make, the better I will be,” Willett said.
Willett headlines Aussie charge to Suhl Junior Cup
Tuesday 16 June 2015
Current Junior World Record holder James Willett (Mulwala, NSW) will lead Australia’s junior squad in what will be his debut International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup, in Munich, Germany, from 26 June to 2 July.
Willett has been a stand-out performer in recent competitions, shooting scores that are unmatched in his peer group. Ever since the young farmer took up ISSF Double Trap shooting, he has consistently broken records, with his score of 142/150 targets at the March ISSF World Cup setting a new Junior World Record.
Willett’s form continued over the weekend, where he claimed the Men’s Double Trap title at the Australia Cup competition, hosted at the Brisbane Gun Club, the Clay Target venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Another junior making ripples on the Australian circuit is Lakes Entrance skeet shooter Aislin Jones. At just 15 years of age, the Victorian teenager is the youngest team member, making her debut international competition. Jones’ performance has improved consistently, as was evident through her bronze medal victory at the weekend’s Australia Cup.
In the Rifle discipline, Frederyk Woodhouse (Findon, SA) will be looking to build on his bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone event, from last year’s debut ISSF Junior Cup.
Gold Coast GOLD support paves way for Australian shooting team
Thursday 4 June 2015
The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) has pledged its support to assist Australia’s shooting athletes as they aim for gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Through the ACGA's Gold Coast GOLD 2018 Team Preparation program, athletes will receive the best access to training and competition opportunities, equipment and world-class athlete support services in the lead up to the Games.
ACGA CEO Perry Crosswhite said, “Historically, Australia’s shooting athletes have achieved great success at the Commonwealth Games. In fact, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw Australia’s shooting athletes collect an impressive six gold and two bronze medals. The team’s success was ranked third on the overall Australian medal tally, behind Swimming and Cycling.”
“The ACGA is pleased to provide preparation assistance to Australia’s shooting athletes so that they can continue their success at the Gold Coast in 2018,” Crosswhite said.
Back with a bang, Smith claims Gold in Poland
Saturday 18 April 2015
2012 London Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) has claimed the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing title, at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Szczecin, Poland.
A champion on and off the field, Smith has returned to Shooting, after two seasons, not only making two finals at the World Cup, but also beating the best competitor in the field, Slovakia’s 32-year-old Paralympic gold medallist Veronica Vadivocova.
Smith secured the gold medal by a margin of 1.5 points, just 0.6 of a point behind the World Record set by Vadivocova.
Smith had also made the 10m Air Rifle Mixed prone final match yesterday, after shooting a personal best score of 631.1, in a relatively new event for her.
Smith has been training incredibly hard, after a tough year, following the birth of her son, multiple major surgeries to fix injuries, and a gruelling four-month stay in hospital.
Smith spoke with Shooting Australia following the medal presentation, describing her excitement at coming back strong after a long break.
“I was happy to have made the prone final yesterday. It gave me the confidence I needed from the break I have had from Shooting,” she said.
“I was tense in the final, but kept telling myself to hold it together and keep shooting good shots. I didn’t let the screen distract me, so I just kept going until the end. That’s when I turned and looked at the screen and almost burst into tears.”