Emms crowned World Champion, Pozzebon wins bronze
Wednesday 12 August 2015
Stock and Station agent Ben Emms (Central Tablelands, NSW) has been crowned the new World Champion, claiming the title with confidence in the World Individual Long Range Championships, at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Making history as the first Australian to win this World Championship, an event introduced in 1992, Emms displayed enormous talent at this ‘marathon of shooting’, the pinnacle event in long-range fullbore rifle shooting.
Emms finished on the top of the leader-board, with a score of 669.77 (out of a possible 675), ahead of Nigel Ball (UK) on 668.75 and in third place, was fellow Aussie Matthew Pozzebon (West Wallsend, NSW) on 667.78.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon praised the athletes for their outstanding achievements.
“To have two Australians on the podium at the World Championship is a phenomenal achievement, a result that will show the world our dominance in this highly competitive sport,” Marangon said.
Pozzebon did Australia proud last week when he won the 2015 US National Fullbore Championship title, an event that Emms had won in 2014.
The 27-year-old Mechanical Engineer took up the sport at the age of 12. Clearly very talented, Pozzebon rose to fame, after collecting the Victorian Queen’s Prize, early last year.
A ‘Futures’ member of Shooting Australia’s Aiming4Gold squad, Pozzebon is supported by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), under the body’s NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program.
In other results from Camp Perry, Angus Martin placed third in the U21 WC and Jess Bales came fourth in the U25 WC.
The Teams (Palma) match will be held from 13 - 14 August 2015.
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.
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.