Skinner wins Bronze at World Cup Final
Friday 24 October 2014
Chemical Engineering student Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) has come away with the bronze medal after a nail-biting semi-final at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in Gabala, Azerbaijan, yesterday.
Skinner qualified for the semi-final with 72 targets, while fellow Aussie Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) missed a berth by a single target, finishing her World Cup Final campaign on 71.
At the semi-final stage, Skinner shot 13 out of a possible 15 targets, to then shoot-off against two other competitors for a spot in the gold-medal match.
She missed her last target, which meant that she had to fight for the bronze against San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli. Skinner remained confident and displayed her composure as she secured the bronze medal with 13 targets to Perilli’s 11.
Skinner spoke to Shooting Australia soon after the Finals, clearly exuberant over her bronze medal performance.
“I felt pretty great about my bronze, as it was a tough fight to get anywhere. I'm a bit annoyed at myself for missing the last target in the semi-final, but it did fire me up for the bronze match,” Skinner said.
“It was actually a bit funny when I realised that last year I had won two silvers, and this is my third bronze this year; so hopefully next year I will win gold.
“It was a tough day with such high scores across the field, making it very cut throat. If anything, it's testament to the competitors. The best of the world were here and they shot scores that reflected that.”
Potent back on top of the world
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) has reclaimed the top spot in 50m Rifle Prone Men in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) ranking, after his resounding victory at the ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain, last month.
The 52-year-old draughtsman has worked incredibly hard this season, to rise to the top of the sport and claim his career's first World Championship title, in the wake of a shaky international run in 2013.
In Potent’s words: “It goes to show a person can be competitive at any age in our sport.”
Potent has demonstrated longevity of success in the Shooting Sports by holding the World Number One rank several times in his illustrious career.
“I first got to the number one rank after the Bangkok World Cup in 2007 and stayed at that rank until the end of 2007. From then on until late in 2010, I stayed within the top three before rising again to world number one early in 2008, then again in 2009.”
In August this year, Potent claimed his debut individual Commonwealth Games title, in Glasgow, where the Australian Shooting team eclipsed all medal-expectations by securing six gold and two bronze medals.
2015 Awards of Excellence - Call for Nominations
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Shooting Australia is now calling for finalists to be nominated by Member Bodies. Nominations are invited in the following categories, with Shooting Australia’s committees then recommending an overall winner in each category:
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Please see the links below and send your finalist in each category to Belinda Eeles, Operations Manager, by Monday 12 January 2015.
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Cox claims silver at World Champs in Spain
Monday 15 September 2014
Education student Emma Cox (Mooroopna, VIC) has stormed through the final moments of her double trap event to finish with a very respectable silver medal, overnight, at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain.
The 22-year-old La Trobe University student recorded strings of 24-22-26-25 to hit a total of 97 targets, forcing a sudden-death shoot-off against Great Britain’s Rachel Parish to determine second and third place.
Cox shot first and hit both targets, proving too strong for Parish, who missed a target in her double.
Cox had gone into the fourth round in fifth place, two targets from the bronze medal.
While more experienced shooters cracked under pressure in the final round, Cox dug deep and finished in equal second, displaying an amazing surge of confidence.
The pair is not unknown to each other. Earlier this year, at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Parish had won the bronze medal in women's double trap, while Cox had finished in sixth place.
Fellow Aussie Gaye Shale (Rutherglen, VIC) finished sixth on 92.
Cox was very excited upon securing the silver, crediting a solid training regimen to her rise in the sport.
“I knew that if I could hold it together in that last round and shoot well, I would be right up there. After I had hit that first double in the shoot-off, I thought that I was going to win the silver medal.”
And she did, with nerves of steel.
Skinner secures Rio Quota with World Championship Bronze
Saturday 13 September 2014
24-year-old chemical engineering student Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) has claimed a bronze medal in Women’s Trap in the early hours of the morning today at the 51st International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain.
Amidst a tightly contested quality field of 76 internationally acclaimed shooters, including World Champions and Olympic and Commonwealth title holders, Skinner held her nerve to shoot a strong 72/75 targets in the Qualification Round.
She then duelled with three other competitors who were on equal 72, in a nail-biting shoot-off for a spot in the six-person Semi Final, at which stage she shot-off again to edge out Italy’s highly decorated Deborah Gelisio, qualifying for a well-earned spot in the bronze medal match.
Skinner proved too strong for Germany’s Jana Beckmann, 31, winning the bronze by 13 to ten targets.
The Women’s Trap title went to Germany’s Katrin Quoos, while home country shooter Fatima Galvez took the silver.
Skinner’s bronze win also qualified for another Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota place for the Australian Shooting team, the second in as many days, with the first quota won by new world champion Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) in 50m Rifle Prone.
Wallace wows world with Championship Silver
Thursday 11 September 2014
17-year-old Lilydale High School student Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) has won the silver medal for Australia in the Junior Men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain, late yesterday.
Wallace stormed through the qualification rounds spread over three days, recording the second highest score of 121/125 targets, and equalling the scores shot by experienced high profile Trap shooters Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) and Michael Diamond (Fingal Bay, NSW), earlier in the day.
Wallace secured a berth in the six-person semi-final comfortably, after dominating the qualification match amidst a field of 66 competitors from across the globe. His confidence was clearly evident as he duelled with Irishman Ian O’Sullivan through the final two matches.
“I relaxed a little bit today, because I had shot well yesterday, but I was really nervous on the first day,” Wallace admitted.
In the Semi-Final match, Wallace shot 13/15 targets and qualified for the gold medal match against O’Sullivan.