Mark secures second medal at Sydney World Cup
Friday 18 September 2015
Australia has continued its stellar performance at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, claiming not one, but two medals on day four of the competition.
Leading the way for Australia was London 2012 Paralympian, 58-year-old Bradley Mark (Alexandra Hills, QLD), who secured his second individual medal, a silver in the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2 event, finishing with a score of 211.7, just 0.1 behind gold medallist Tim Jeffrey of Great Britain.
“This is what competition is all about! It’s about going right down to the line and never surrendering," Mark said.
“That’s my motto, never surrender. To win silver is an awesome feeling. I feel so good!”
Having finished the qualifying round in seventh position, Mark said the point difference between himself and Jeffrey was more than he had hoped for himself going into the final.
“After 80 shots, to have the smallest possible difference is incredible, and to come out in second place against these athletes is a privilege,” he said.
Combining Mark, Tracey Jackson (Clontarf, QLD) and Luke Cain’s (Boneo, VIC) results from the qualifying round for a score of 1882.5, the team claimed Australia a bronze medal; their second win as a team at the World Cup tournament.
Aussies right on the Mark for Rio
Wednesday 16 September 2015
Australia has enjoyed a memorable day at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shooting World Cup in Sydney, securing two medals and another all-important Rio 2016 qualification slot.
Bradley Mark (Alexandra Hills, QLD) headlined the successful day by winning the bronze medal in the R4 10m Air Rifle Mixed SH2.
Mark also combined with Luke Cain (Boneo, VIC) and Tracey Jackson (Clontarf, QLD) in the same event for a new Oceania record score of 1880.9 to secure the team silver medal for Australia.
Of significant importance, was the outstanding performance from Mark in the tense final, which secured another quota for Australia for next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
New Zealand’s Michael Johnson (211.7 points) claimed gold from Slovenia’s Gorazd Francek Tirsek (210.4 points), while Mark was elated to clinch the bronze with his finals score of 187.6.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. I just love shooting and if that takes me to Rio, which it looks like it is going to, then that is so sweet,” Mark said.
“You just have to believe that it is possible. I’m so excited and I’m thrilled for Australia.
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.