Aiming4Gold Funding Initiative
In late 2013 Shooting Australia launched a new initiative titled the Aiming4Gold Funding Initiative. The aim of this program is to assist Member Bodies in designing and delivering outcomes that contribute to high performance targets as defined in ‘Australia’s Winning Edge’ (AWE).
This initiative is seen as a critical driver in creating a seamless development pathway for athletes to rise from club and state level shooters up to elite international competitors. It is clear that the mandate for Shooting Australia is to be focussed on high performance outcomes, however these can only be achieved if Member Bodies who are solely responsible for their sport at the grassroots level, continue to foster and develop athletes capable of future international success.
In the first year, four programs have been granted funding and those organisations and a summary of their programs are listed below.
Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA) – National Coaching & Development Program “ACTA Academy”
The program will include the employment of a National Coach/Coaching director (NCD) to oversee the “ACTA Academy” and manage the development pathway from State through National and International level for coaching and coach development and accreditation.
Stellar performance by Wallace secures bronze at International GP
Friday 22 August 2014
Victorian teenage trap shooting sensation Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) has brought home the bronze medal from the International Grand Pix at Gabala, Azerbaijan, in a great display of world-class shooting.
Wallace recorded an outstanding performance, shooting a top qualifying score of 123/125 targets, equal first with world no 1. Alexey Alipov of Russia.
In the semi-final stage, Wallace entered a three-way shoot-off to qualify for the bronze medal match.
The Lilydale High School student showed nerves of steel in the medal match, going on to win the bronze by two targets from Qatar’s Khejaim Mohammed.
National High Performance Shotgun Coach Valeriy Timokhin said that Wallace’s performance showed his great potential.
“Jack shot exceptionally well, only missing two targets for the entire qualification, achieving a new PB and displaying courage amidst an experienced line up of quality athletes,” Timokhin said.
“To walk away with a bronze medal in his first open international competition is a demonstration of the depth and development we have coming through the younger ranks.”
Golden four set to shine at Granada World Championship
Thursday 21 August 2014
Shooting Australia’s charge at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain (6-20 September) will be led by four Glasgow Commonwealth Games champions.
Confident about having improved their medal chances, Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC), Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC), Laura Coles (Hocking, WA) and Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) will line up in their respective events. Each will aim to add to their recent Commonwealth Games gold medals, as they go head-to-head with the world’s finest shooters, at what is the biggest and toughest event of the sport.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said that the benchmark competition offered a crucial incentive for those on the road to Rio.
“The Granada World Championship presents the first opportunity for Australian athletes to battle it out for quota places. Winning a World Championship medal would be special, however, securing a quota place for Australia for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provides an added bonus,” Marangon said.
Agonizingly close in mixed quarterfinal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
Elise Downing has bowed out of the shooting at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) but not without an intense fight.
Yesterday, Downing made it to the quarterfinal of the 10m Air Pistol mixed international event with Bulgarian teammate, Aleksander Todorov.
“My heart was racing, it was extremely intense, I can’t believe we were so close to winning,” she said.
In the quarterfinals of the mixed event, pairs must shot off against another international mixed team. The team that has the highest combined score after each shot is rewarded a point, the first team to 10 points is victorious.
Downing and Todorov missed out on a few points in the beginning and at one point they were down by 3 points. Downing and Todorov fought back by winning consecutive points.
Aussie Gold dominates Glasgow Shooting tally
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Shooting Australia’s team of 29 has produced more gold in five days than any other competing Commonwealth nation in the same sport. The team’s success is ranked third on the overall Australian medal tally, behind Swimming and Cycling.
In what has been an incredibly successful campaign, the Australian Shooting team has collected six gold and two bronze medals, in an outstanding contest of marksmanship.
With just 19 medals on offer, compared to previous Games editions where the pairs’ events almost doubled the number to 36, the team's achievement has been particularly remarkable.
On the final day of competition, 49-year-old David Chapman (Hoyleton, SA) set the medal tally going by claiming the 25m Rapid Fire Men’s Pistol title.
Chapman also set a new Commonwealth Games Final record on the way to taking the gold, shooting 23 points to claim the top spot.
Second Glasgow Shooting Gold by Repacholi
Sunday 27 July 2014
32-year-old miner Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) yesterday claimed the second gold medal for Shooting at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Men’s 10m Air Pistol, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, near Carnoustie.
Repacholi towered above his opponents in stature and on the leader board, as he stormed through the qualification round, recording the third highest qualification score of 574, and making the eight-person final.
It was in the final that Repacholi displayed what a Commonwealth Games champion is made of, as he commanded first position throughout the match.