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.