Stars line up for Shooting Australia
Wednesday 12 November 2014
Shooting Australia has named its 2014/15 Aiming4Gold (A4G) Squad, with 43 athletes selected across five separate programs. To view the full 2014/15 Aiming4Gold Squad click here
In what has been an outstanding year of success for Shooting, with the High Performance teams having eclipsed all benchmark medal targets, the new squad is a mix of world class athletes and those with genuine potential to be future medallists for Australia.
With victories in 2014 that have included medals at the World Championship (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), Commonwealth Games (6 Gold, 2 Bronze) and the Paralympic program’s international season (2 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze), Shooting Australia is gearing up for a strong campaign leading into Rio selection.
Led by newly crowned World Champion, World Number One and Commonwealth Games Champion Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW), the 2014/15 A4G Squad is categorised into three tiers: Performance, Talent and Futures.
The team will be supported by a new breed of world class shooters, including World Championship bronze medallist Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) and Commonwealth Games champions Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) and Laura Coles (Hocking, WA).
Also looking to establish themselves, ahead of selection for the Rio Olympics, will be the younger generation including Penny Smith (Bookaar, VIC), Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC), Elena Galiabovitch (Mentone, VIC), Chris Summerell (Toukley, NSW), Emma Adams (Woodcroft, SA), Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) and Matthew Pozzebon (West Wallsend, NSW).
Skinner wins Bronze at World Cup Final
Friday 24 October 2014
Chemical Engineering student Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) has come away with the bronze medal after a nail-biting semi-final at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in Gabala, Azerbaijan, yesterday.
Skinner qualified for the semi-final with 72 targets, while fellow Aussie Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) missed a berth by a single target, finishing her World Cup Final campaign on 71.
At the semi-final stage, Skinner shot 13 out of a possible 15 targets, to then shoot-off against two other competitors for a spot in the gold-medal match.
She missed her last target, which meant that she had to fight for the bronze against San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli. Skinner remained confident and displayed her composure as she secured the bronze medal with 13 targets to Perilli’s 11.
Skinner spoke to Shooting Australia soon after the Finals, clearly exuberant over her bronze medal performance.
“I felt pretty great about my bronze, as it was a tough fight to get anywhere. I'm a bit annoyed at myself for missing the last target in the semi-final, but it did fire me up for the bronze match,” Skinner said.
“It was actually a bit funny when I realised that last year I had won two silvers, and this is my third bronze this year; so hopefully next year I will win gold.
“It was a tough day with such high scores across the field, making it very cut throat. If anything, it's testament to the competitors. The best of the world were here and they shot scores that reflected that.”
Potent back on top of the world
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) has reclaimed the top spot in 50m Rifle Prone Men in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) ranking, after his resounding victory at the ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain, last month.
The 52-year-old draughtsman has worked incredibly hard this season, to rise to the top of the sport and claim his career's first World Championship title, in the wake of a shaky international run in 2013.
In Potent’s words: “It goes to show a person can be competitive at any age in our sport.”
Potent has demonstrated longevity of success in the Shooting Sports by holding the World Number One rank several times in his illustrious career.
“I first got to the number one rank after the Bangkok World Cup in 2007 and stayed at that rank until the end of 2007. From then on until late in 2010, I stayed within the top three before rising again to world number one early in 2008, then again in 2009.”
In August this year, Potent claimed his debut individual Commonwealth Games title, in Glasgow, where the Australian Shooting team eclipsed all medal-expectations by securing six gold and two bronze medals.
2015 Awards of Excellence - Call for Nominations
Shooting Australia’s Awards of Excellence night is fast approaching. Scheduled to take place in Sydney on Saturday 21 February 2015, this is our premier event, so please save the date.
Shooting Australia is now calling for finalists to be nominated by Member Bodies. Nominations are invited in the following categories, with Shooting Australia’s committees then recommending an overall winner in each category:
- Volunteer Coach of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
Please see the links below and send your finalist in each category to Belinda Eeles, Operations Manager, by Monday 12 January 2015.
Awards of Excellence 2015 Memo
Awards of Excellence 2015 Nomination Criteria and Form