Great start to the season for Australian IPC Team
Saturday 2 May 2015
A report by National Coach Miro Sipek
The IPC team have finished their competitions at ISCH Hannover yesterday, with Natalie shooting another Personal Best (PB), this time 414.5 in R2 Air Rifle Standing and winning silver in a very exciting Final. The gold and bronze medals went to China.
After 20 days and two good competitions in Poland and Hannover, our Australian team is on their way home with three medals (Natalie - gold in Poland and silver in R2 Air Standing in Hannover, and Bradley - bronze in R4 Air Rifle Standing in Hannover), and some excellent results.
Natalie is definitely back on the big stage, winning two medals at her first two international competitions after 18 months’ break and shooting PB in ’22 Prone 610.5, PB in 3 position with an excellent 567, PB in Air Rifle Prone with 631.1 and PB in Air Rifle Standing with a world class score of 414.5.
This is a huge achievement and we can expect even better performances than these, and especially next year.
Bradley Mark has worked very hard in switching from right-handed to the left-handed side. Bradley’s performances are very positive and he is coming back to world best performances. Brad won the bronze medal and shot very good scores of 631.5 Air Standing and 634.5 Air Prone.
Chris Pitt had good performances in Poland and Hannover, getting into the Final in Hannover with a good 557 in P3 Sport Pistol and shooting his PB in Air Pistol with the score of 559.
Back with a bang, Smith claims Gold in Poland
Saturday 18 April 2015
2012 London Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) has claimed the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing title, at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Szczecin, Poland.
A champion on and off the field, Smith has returned to Shooting, after two seasons, not only making two finals at the World Cup, but also beating the best competitor in the field, Slovakia’s 32-year-old Paralympic gold medallist Veronica Vadivocova.
Smith secured the gold medal by a margin of 1.5 points, just 0.6 of a point behind the World Record set by Vadivocova.
Smith had also made the 10m Air Rifle Mixed prone final match yesterday, after shooting a personal best score of 631.1, in a relatively new event for her.
Smith has been training incredibly hard, after a tough year, following the birth of her son, multiple major surgeries to fix injuries, and a gruelling four-month stay in hospital.
Smith spoke with Shooting Australia following the medal presentation, describing her excitement at coming back strong after a long break.
“I was happy to have made the prone final yesterday. It gave me the confidence I needed from the break I have had from Shooting,” she said.
“I was tense in the final, but kept telling myself to hold it together and keep shooting good shots. I didn’t let the screen distract me, so I just kept going until the end. That’s when I turned and looked at the screen and almost burst into tears.”
ACGA funding boosts next generation of shooting stars
Thursday 16 April 2015
Ten of Australia’s future shooting stars have been awarded $3,700 each (totalling $37,000) by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), under the body’s NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program.
Recent confirmation of ongoing financial support from the ACGA will support almost all athletes in the young squad to compete at the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup, in Suhl, Germany, from 26 June to 2 July.
The ACGA has funded elite junior athletes including promising junior shooters every year since 1996 through the NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program (previously known as the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Program).
The NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program is designed to assist junior athletes to gain international competition experience so that they understand the conditions and environment which they will face as seniors; and to assist those junior athletes who have the potential to be selected in future Australian Commonwealth Games teams.
Australian shooters have established a great reputation at the Commonwealth Games, with the last edition in Glasgow recording an outstanding eight medals (six gold and two bronze).
ACGA Chief Executive Officer, Perry Crosswhite, said, “As well as preparing athletes for the next Games, the ACGA has always looked to Australia’s representation at future Games and provided our promising junior athletes with funding support to enable them to continue their sporting careers. So many times promising athletes need funding support when they are at the junior level.”
World Cup Silver for 11-time-Paralympian Kosmala
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Veteran Paralympic athlete, Libby Kosmala (Klemzig, SA) has pulled off an astounding silver-medal performance at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Great Britain, yesterday.
Still showing her expert prowess in the sport, the 11-time-Paralympian shot a world-class score of 411.8 during the qualification round, and cemented her strong position in the Air Rifle Standing final match, ahead of Slovakia’s World Champion, European Champion and Paralympic Champion Veronica Vadoviceva.
During the tough final, Kosmala maintained her dominance for the first half, after which she suffered a spasm, costing her the lead, to finish on a total of 200.7.
Vadoviceva then gradually built on her advantage, and went on to win the title by 5 points. The bronze medal went to British woman Lorraine Lambert.
This is a bitter-sweet success for the Australian team, which is mourning the loss of fellow team-mate Ashley Adams (Blackall, QLD), who was tragically killed in a quad-bike accident on his farm, earlier this month.
The remarkable 72-year-old grandmother said she was very happy winning the silver medal and hoped there would be more to come in 2015 and 2016.