Big Dan fires up for Rio
Tuesday 28 July 2015
Dual Commonwealth Games medallist from Glasgow, Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) will be firing up his preparations for Rio selection, as he travels to compete in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan, next month.
Repacholi was our only dual medallist from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, who along with his lucky ‘rainbow socks’, became an overnight shooting sensation in Australia, following his gold and bronze wins in the pistol discipline.
The 2012 London Olympian took time off after the Games to focus on family and made a remarkable come-back at the Commonwealth Games, as part of his preparation towards Rio.
Towering above most of his competitors at 202cms, truck driver and athlete, Repacholi is happy to be ramping up his training ahead of Rio.
“Glasgow was a great come back to the sport I love. I had not been to a World Cup since May 2012, and this year has been about settling back into the international scene,” Repacholi said.
“Although I didn’t do well at my first World Cup this year, it has prepared me for where I need to be, if I want to gain selection to Rio. I’m fired up and ready to go,” Repacholi said.
Also looking to gain selection is 23-year-old Emily Esposito (Casula, NSW), whose siblings Chloe and Max have already been named as part of the Modern Pentathlon team for Rio.
Current World Champion Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) will lead the rifle contingent as he seeks to maintain his edge in 50m Rifle Prone, at this ISSF World Cup, which serves as the benchmark event for Rifle and Pistol.
Aussie charge continues on Rio mission
Friday 17 July 2015
Australia’s para-shooters have collected three individual medals and four quota places at the first of three qualifier International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cups this year, in Osijek, Croatia, over the past week.
73-year-old veteran Libby Kosmala OAM (Keswick, SA) set the tally going with a bronze medal and a quota in 10m Air Rile Standing, ahead of fellow teammate Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD). Boasting an incredible career, Kosmala will be looking to attend her 12th Paralympic Games in Rio next year.
The next day saw London Paralympic bronze medallist Smith claim the second quota with her silver medal in Rifle 3 Position Women. Smith has been a stand-out performer, returning to the podium with great confidence after a break post London.
Victorian Luke Cain (Boneo, VIC) secured the next quota, with his fourth place finish in Air Rifle Standing Mixed, having missed out on the bronze medal by a mere 0.1 of a point.
Rounding off the four quota places won at this World Cup was Western Australian Anton Zappelli’s (Willagee) bronze medal in Air Rifle Prone Mixed. Zappelli, a relatively new athlete in this sport, was delighted to have taken his career’s first World Cup medal. A multi-talented man, Zappelli is also known for having spent five years touring with Australian folk rock band The Waifs as a roadie.
Shooting star Skinner to lead Uniroos in Gwangju
Uniroos Media Release
Thursday 2 July 2015
Trap shooter and defending World University Games champion Catherine Skinner will lead the Uniroos into the opening ceremony in Gwangju, Korea, on Friday after being announced as Australian team flagbearer.
Skinner arrived in Gwangju on Tuesday to be told the news of her flag bearer selection, but had to keep the news a secret for an extra 40 hours following the postponement of the Australian village flag raising ceremony due to heavy rain.
“We have a fantastic team of athletes here so it was quite an honour to be picked out,” Skinner said.
“I’m so excited for the opening, I’ve never been to one. I’ve been to plenty of closings but not the opening. Our official practice day is the following day and I’m sure I’ll be a little bit tired after the high of the opening, but it will be fun.”
The chemical engineering student at RMIT in Melbourne, will be competing in her third University Games, having won silver in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 before going one better in Kazan, Russia, two years ago.
The 25-year-old, from Mansfield in the Victorian high country, joins Australian National University swimmer Justin James (200m individual medley) as the two defending champions amongst the 181 student athletes on the Uniroos team.
Skinner will enter the women’s individual trap competition on Sunday as one of the main favourites, having produced consistent results on the international world cup circuit along with the bronze medal at last year’s world championships in Spain.
Recently she has been focused on trying to complete her degree, now in her seventh year of the four year course.
“Since the world championships I’ve been concentrating on my degree, trying to finish it up. It’s going to be a really hectic eight months leading in to Rio,” Skinner said.
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.