Rossiter headlines second last day of Oceanias
Tuesday 1 December 2015
Australia posted some big wins across the second last day of the Oceania Championship in Sydney, including 18-year-old Jack Rossiter’s victory which took centre-stage.
With an unshakeable focus, Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) led the 10 Air Rifle group from start to finish, managing to hold his lead, if only by a whisker in the final shot.
The South Aussie teenager broke his own Finals Oceania Record enroute to collecting the 10m Air Rifle Oceania Championship title and a Rio quota place for Australia.
“I’m very excited and happy to have won that very-close final, along with the quota. I shot pretty good in the final despite the hot weather conditions. I just tried to do my best and got a pretty good result from that. There’s still room for improvement heading into the selection event, especially in the qualification round, which I will hopefully get better at with experience,” Rossiter said.
Dual Glasgow Commonwealth Games medallist Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) claimed the 50m Pistol title, and with that, a coveted quota place.
The popular 2.02m athlete, whilst sporting his lucky rainbow socks, said he was feeling fantastic after having just qualified the quota.
“It feels great to be possibly going to my fourth Olympic Games, I’m looking forward to that and I’ll be going there to win. I shot a really good final – that score would get a medal anywhere in the world in a World Cup final and that’s the kind of finals I need to be shooting.
“I will take a break now and begin training again after Christmas. I will be going to Germany for an Air Gun tour in January and then get into our selection trials in February and March,” Repacholi said.
High School science teacher Jennifer Hens came away with the 10m Air Rifle Women’s title and quota. Hens recently relocated to Germany to concentrate on her training.
“I’m looking forward to going into the selection match in Adelaide next week with more confidence now. For me, it’s about being part of the team and wearing the team colours. If I can put out my personal best, that would be even better,” Hens said.
To round off Australia’s quota stash of the day, current Junior World Record holder James Willett (Mulwala, NSW) shot his way through the Double Trap competition stages, to win the Championship title and quota.
The 19-year-old farmer said that he had been putting in a lot of effort getting ready for this match.
“It’s good to finish off at the Oceanias on top. I was pleased to have qualified on the highest score of 135/150 and then shot strings of 28/30 and 29/30.
Our Selection trials are late in January, so I will be training hard for that. Looking forward to doing well and hopefully onto Rio after that,” Willett said.
Commonwealth Games champion Laura Coles (Hosking, WA) missed out on a title and quota place to New Zealand’s Chloe Tipple as they battled through the Women’s Skeet gold-medal match.
The final day of the Oceania Championship will have three quotas up for grabs (Skeet Men x 2 and 25 Rapid Fire Pistol x 1).
Aussies dominate Championship with four more quotas
Sunday 29 November 2015
Australia has done it again, this time securing all four quotas on offer today at the Oceania Continental Championship in Sydney.
Atlanta Games bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) headlined the day’s events by claiming the Trap Men’s title and qualifying a Rio quota. The second quota in that event went to silver medallist Glenn Kable (Fiji). 18-year-old Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) won the bronze medal.
Vella said he was nervous at the start of the semi-final stage.
“I felt a bit unsettled in the semi, and didn’t get the start I wanted. I just had to focus on my shooting instead of everyone else’s and reset and go for gold. I’m happy now, so I can relax and have a good Christmas.
Clean Sweep for Australia on Opening Day of Oceanias
Friday 27 November 2015
Australia has qualified three Olympic spots from as many available, on the opening day of the Oceania Championship in Sydney today.
Emma Woodroofe (Parham, SA) staged an amazing victory in the Women’s Rifle 3 Position final when she made a last-minute dash to the finish, coming from fifth place to equal New Zealand’s Jenna Mackenzie, and then claim the title in a shoot-off.
Woodroofe’s gold medal also secured Australia a spot for the Rio Olympic Games, a victory she will always carry with her.
“I’m so excited to have won the quota place for Australia. I like an exciting Final, so it played to my strength a little bit. I wasn’t too nervous because I knew that the standing position is my strength, so I was sure that if I did what I was good at, I would get there. It would be awesome if I got to go to Rio!” Woodroofe said.
Smith smashes Australian record en route to Gold
Thursday 5 November 2015
London Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) has broken the Australian record and achieved a personal best on her way to collecting the Gold medal, at the International Paralympic Committee World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.
Smith set a new Australian record in the R8 SH1 3 Position rifle event, with a qualifying score of 576, a mere point behind Slovakian star, Veronkia Vadovicova.
In the nail-biting final, Smith went head-to-head with the Slovakian, battling fiercely to take the Gold from Vadovicova.
After the final, an excited Smith said she was very happy with her result.
“It was a very tough final. I’m very happy with the new PB and new AUS record, and winning the Gold is great! Now I'm back on the track where I would like to be.”