Junior funding paves way for shooting success

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Tuesday 18 June 2013

As the Commonwealth marks 400 days until Glasgow 2014, Australia’s shooting stars of the future are the latest to benefit from funding under the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad (AJCGS) program.

The program is designed to support the development of junior athletes through international competition experience, with 10 athletes in the rifle, pistol, shotgun and full bore disciplines receiving funding in 2013.

Seven of these athletes have received funding to attend the 2013 World Cup series event in Granada, Spain from July 3-12, which serves as the benchmark event for rifle and pistol athletes this year.

Emily Esposito (NSW) will contest the women’s 10m pistol and 25m sport pistol in Spain, while Thomas Versace (QLD) will compete in the 50m men’s prone rifle and Emma Adams (SA) in the women’s 10m air rifle.

Shotgun athletes Josh Collard (VIC), Michael McNabb (NSW), Penny Smith (VIC) and Teegan McCloy (SW) will also shoot in Spain as they continue to further their claims for a place on the Australian team for the 2013 Shotgun World Championship in Lima, Peru (September 14-23).

Australian International Shooting Limited CEO Damien Marangon said the support of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association was important in the development of athletes.

“This funding has allowed some of our promising young stars to attend events they otherwise might not have been able to attend,” Marangon said. “Gaining international exposure is critical for all developing athletes as they are able to learn from those they are competing against.

“The funding has helped the development of a number of our athletes in the past, including Laetisha Scanlan and Catherine Skinner, who have both won medals in recent times on the World Cup tour.”

The latest round of support for junior development announced today comes on top of the $8 million the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is already distributing through its ‘Go Glasgow’ program to help the 18 program sports prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association Chief Executive, Perry Crosswhite AM said, “Our shooters have performed strongly for Australia at Commonwealth Games over the years but in Delhi in 2010 we experienced firsthand the depth of the emerging challenge from other Commonwealth nations.

“That is why the ACGA sees it as so important to not just invest in our current top performers, but to also to invest in our juniors coming through to ensure they get quality international competition experience to help them progress.

“Through the combination of ‘GO GLASGOW’and the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad (AJCGS) funding, our aim is to ensure we not only field the strongest Team in Glasgow in 2014, but that we are also building towards the Gold Coast Games in 2018,” said Crosswhite.

The list of junior athletes selected for Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad program support in 2013 are:

Pistol

F

Emily

Esposito

Casula

NSW

2170

Shotgun

M

Joshua

Collard

Port Melbourne

VIC

3207

Shotgun

F

Penny

Smith

Bookaar

VIC

3260

Shotgun

M

Michael

McNabb

Castle Cove

NSW

2069

Shotgun

F

Teegan

McCloy

Old Bar

NSW

2430

Rifle

M

Thomas

Versace

Wandoan

QLD

4419

Rifle

M

John

Coombes

Chisholm

ACT

2905

Rifle

M

Jack

Rossiter

Onkaparinga Hills

SA

5163

Rifle

F

Emma

Adams

Old Reynella

SA

5161

Fullbore

M

Matthew

Pozzebon

Muswellbrook

NSW

2333

 

Media Contacts:

Australian International Shooting Ltd (AISL): David Polglase Tel 0401 453 041

or

Australian Commonwealth Games Association: John Lindsay Tel 03 9654 4755 or 0423 456 046




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