Top guns firing up for Commonwealth Games
Wednesday 5 March 2014
Shooting Australia’s International Grand Prix in Sydney over the weekend has produced some of Australia’s most outstanding performances across the board, possibly the best on domestic soil, led by 14 Performance Qualifying Scores (PQS).
With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection heating up, many high performance athletes have been shooting brilliant scores as they fight it out for nomination.
The star of the event was 2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW), who shot a brilliant 598/600 in Men’s Rifle Prone on both days of competition, and then went on to win the title by a wide margin. The scores also earned Potent two PQSs, taking his total up to seven in the past 12 months.
The other PQSs were earned by athletes from the shotgun discipline, including 2004 Athens Olympic Games bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor Downs, VIC) who won the Men’s Trap title from dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond (Salamander Bay, NSW).
In Women’s Trap, 2004 Athens Gold medallist Suzy Balogh (Cecil Hills, NSW) won first place and achieved a PQS, followed by Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) in second place. Fellow trap shooter Teegan McCloy (Kotara, NSW) also secured a PQS on 69 targets.
Women’s skeet shooter Laura Coles (Busselton, WA) shot her fourth PQS in the last 12 months, with a total of 70 targets but lost the top spot to Lauryn Mark (Hoppers Crossing, VIC).
Men’s skeet shooter Paul Adams (Kippa Ring, QLD) shot a brilliant 123 targets and achieved a PQS, but couldn't hold off Keith Ferguson (Sale, VIC) for gold, after the finals.
The Grand Prix in Sydney has also solidified the Australian High Performance Paralympic team’s performance, in the lead up to the International Paralympic Committee’s benchmark World Championship event in Suhl, Germany (19-26 July 2014).
The stand out performer in the Paralympic events was Jason Maroney (Wangaratta, VIC), who won three gold medals, achieving two PQSs and setting a New Australian Record in the Air Standing event. Maroney is in top form after settling into a new training routine and equipment.
Ashley Adams (Blackall, QLD) won three gold medals and achieved three PQSs, while 11-times Paralympian Elizabeth Kosmala (Klemzig, SA) won two gold medals and achieved a PQS. In Pistol, Christopher Pitt (Bundaberg, QLD) won three gold medals and earned himself a PQS.
The Selection Period for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow runs until 22 April. The next events to gain selection are the Australia Cup Series, which will run from 14-16 March in Victoria and South Australia.
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AISL launches brand Shooting Australia
Saturday 1 March 2014
Australian International Shooting Limited (AISL) is delighted to announce the launch of our new brand 'Shooting Australia'.
This follows a strategic decision by the AISL board to align with most other National Sporting Organisations in Australia.
AISL will continue to maintain and use the registered company name for all legal purposes, whilst the new brand 'Shooting Australia' will be the trading name used for all other operational reasons.
Please see official logo descriptor for further information about Shooting Australia's new logo.
Superb Smith snares gold at Qatar Open
Friday 21 February 2014
Victorian youngster Penny Smith has started off her international year on an excellent high by winning the Junior Women’s Trap title at the 2014 Qatar Open.
Despite very windy conditions, 18-year-old Smith held her composure amidst an international quality field, and stormed to the lead to clinch the gold medal on 64 targets.
A rising junior with the Rio Games in her sights, this gold medal win puts Smith in a strong position in what is an important year to gain world-class experience.
Smith’s triumph follows on from victories at the 2013 Oceania Continental Championship in Sydney, where Smith won the silver medal in the Junior Women’s Trap event. She bettered that with a gold medal in the Junior Girl’s Trap event at the 2013 Australian International Shooting Limited (AISL) Youth Nationals.
Young gun Rossiter sets new Australian records in Munich
Friday 24 January 2014
16-year-old Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) has broken the Australian Male and Junior Male records in 10m Air Rifle at the IWK Competition in Munich, Germany.
Rossiter shot a world class score of 597 (619.2) out of a possible 600, to set a new personal best on his way to setting new Australian records.
The IWK competition is the final leg of a European air gun tour for a team of Australian athletes. Rossiter has been on fire, shooting consistently high quality scores throughout the tour.
Currently ranked third in Australia, Rossiter started off the 2014 International Season with the Grand Prix in Plzen, Czech Republic, where he won two gold medals in both the 10m Air Rifle Junior Men’s events.
On the next leg of the tour, at the Meyton Cup in Innsbruck, Austria, Rossiter maintained his strong form by shooting very solid scores during qualification, and then went on to win a bronze medal for Australia.
Australian International Shooting Limited CEO Damien Marangon commended Rossiter on his success.
“Jack’s solid scores are a testimony to his hard work and he is fast becoming a real contender for the 2014 Commonwealth Games team. No doubt we will be seeing more of him in the future!” Marangon said.
Rossiter’s success comes on the back of a rigorous training program in what is an important selection year for athletes.
Since his early days as a 12-year-old junior at the Reynella Smallbore & Air Rifle Club in Reynella, SA, Rossiter has gone from strength to strength to currently hold both Australian records in his event.
The IWK Competition in Munich runs from 22 to 26 January 2014.