Shooting Australia Athlete Profiles

Aislin Jones

Aislin pronounced "Ash-lyn" is Australia’s youngest shooting athlete to ever compete at an Olympic Games. Jones will be 16 years and 179 days when the Rio 2016 Games commence.

After showing initial potential in simulated field shooting, Aislin switched to skeet shooting in 2012 and in January 2016 became the youngest woman to win the Australian National Skeet Championship at 15.

When she's not competing enjoys a wide range of sports and is dedicated to her study. 

Gender: W           

Year of birth: 2000

Place of birth: Shepparton, VIC, AUS

Hometown: Lakes Entrance, VIC, AUS

Residence: Lakes Entrance, VIC, AUS

Height: (cm) 158

Weight: (kg) 50kg

Marital status: single

Highest education: Nagle Secondary College

Profession:  Student

Hobbies: Exercise, Music (Piano & Flute)       

Other sport activities: Volleyball, Swimming

Languages: English and basic Italian

Club: Bairnsdale Clay Target Club

Start of competing: 2013

Practising shooter: since 2012

Personal Coach: Lauryn Mark

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: left

Events: SK75

Sporting Goal: To hit every target

Motto: you won’t succeed unless you try, so dream big and go for it!

Comments: Aislin is actually pronounced "Ash-lyn"

Anton Zappelli

On Easter day in 1989 Anton Zappellis Life changed forever as a result of a Motor vehicle accident. The accident left the then 17-year-old a T12 complete paraplegic and changed the course of his life.

In 2015, Anton won bronze in air rifle prone and in doing so, qualified Australia’s sixth quota place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In 2010 Anton and three friends, all in wheelchairs, rode quad bikes 5000km across the Australian outback to visit the sites of their accidents to promote road safety and raise awareness.

Gender: M 

Year of birth: 1971

Place of birth: Mullewa WA

Hometown: Boulder WA

Residence: Melville

Height: (cm) 176

Weight: (kg) 55

Marital status: Married

Children: twin boys and baby girl due any day now!

Disability: Paraplegia T12 complete

How Acquired: Car accident

Profession: Manual Arts Disability support worker

Hobbies: classic car, fishing, quadbike riding and camping

Other sport activities: golf, handcycling 

Languages: English

Club:Kalamunda Small Bore

Start of competing: 2011

Practising shooter: since 2011

Personal Coach: myself

National Coach: Miroslav Sipek

Handedness:  R

Master Eye: R

Events: SH1 (R3 & R6 )

Sporting Goal:  Gold Gold Gold

Motto: Anything is possible!

Catherine Skinner

Catherine is the currently number 1 Wold Champion and Olympic Gold Medal winner in Womens Trap.

Catherine began shooting in 2006 and won a junior World Championship silver medal at Munich in 2010. Catherine claimed Australia’s only shooting medal at the 2013 Summer Universiade when she won Gold in Russia. In what was an impressive year for the Victorian, Skinner also won two World Cup Silver medals.

She continued her strong form throughout 2014 with a World Cup bronze and at the World Championships in Granada narrowly missing the gold medal match but went on to claim bronze and secure Australia a quota for Rio 2016. 

Gender: W           

Year of birth: 1990

Place of birth: Mansfield, Vic. Australia

Residence: Melbourne, AUS

Height: (cm) 174

Marital status: single

Highest education: Bachelor of Engineering, (Chemical) (Hons.) graduated 2015.

Profession: Athlete

Hobbies:Travel, Art

Other sport activities:

Languages: English

Club: Mansfield Clay Target Club

Start of competing: 2006

Practising shooter: since 2002

Personal Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: left

Master Eye: right

Events: TR75

Sporting Goal: Another Olympic Medal, World Championship Gold.

Motto: Let the Scores do the talking.

Christopher Pitt

Chris was a star athlete throughout primary school, excelling in swimming and other sports but when he started slowing down his mother knew something was wrong. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a rare virus for which there was no cure. The degenerative muscle condition saw Chris needing a wheelchair since the age of 12.

Chris was 45 that he took up shooting as a sport and was selected in the Australian team in January 2013 for the first time. Chris was inspired to take his shooting to the next level and aim for the Paralympics after watching wheelchair athlete Rheed McCracken compete at the London 2012 Games.

Gender: M         

Year of birth: 1965

Hometown: Bundaberg, QLD

Disability: Muscular dystrophy

How Acquired: Acquired Virus at age 10

Profession: Carer

Hobbies: Fast cars and fishing

Languages: English

Start of competing: 2010

Practising shooter: since

National Coach: Miroslav Sipek

Events: Pistol, SH1 (P)

Dane Sampson

Dane having cemented his position as one of Australia’s leading rifle shooters will line up at his second Olympic Games in Rio.

Dane followed in his parents footsteps when he took up shooting at the age of 12. Long having dreamed of representing Australia at the Olympics, he made his Games debut in London. Dane secured Australia’s quota in the Rifle 3 Position competition after winning the Oceania Championships in late 2015. 

Gender: M           

Year of birth: 1986

Place of birth: Blacktown , Sydney

Hometown: Coominya

Residence: Adelaide

Height: (cm) 183cm

Weight: (kg) 89kg

Marital status: single          

Highest education: High School

Profession: Furniture Maker, personal trainer                           

Hobbies: Photography, surfing,

Languages: English

Club: Commercial club, Wingfield club

Start of competing: 1998

Practising shooter: since 1998

Personal Coach: Petr Kurka

National Coach: Petr Kurka

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: 3P, Prone, Air Rifle

Sporting Goal: Medal at Olympic Games and world champs

Motto: Live a story worth telling

Elena Galiabovitch

Having competed on and off for the past decade Dr Elena Galiabovitch began to really knuckle down in the sport just two years ago and is now off to her debut Olympic Games in Rio.

Born in Belarus, Galiabovitch moved to Australia when she was four to grow up in Melbourne. She decided to give shooting a go after her parents met as a result of the sport. She is coached by her father Vladimir Glaibovitch who is one of the nation’s leading instructors. 

Gender: W           

Year of birth: 1989

Place of birth: Minsk, Belarus

Hometown: Melbourne     

Residence: Melbourne      

Height: (cm) 177

Marital status: single            

Highest education: Doctor of Medicine

Profession: Doctor    

Hobbies: Catching up with friends, outdoor activities, reading

Languages: English and Russian

Club: Oakleigh Pistol Club

Start of competing: 2005

Practising shooter: since 2005

Personal Coach: Vladimir Galiabovitch

National Coach: Vladimir Galiabovitch

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: AP60, SP, AP40

Jack Rossiter

Jack Rossiter will become one of Australia’s youngest ever shooters to compete at the Olympic Games when the 19-year-old hits the Rio 2016 range. He broke onto the scene at the 2013 Oceania Championships setting a new finals record score in the process.

Jack made it back-to-back 10m air rifle titles at the Oceania Championships when he led from start to finish and in doing so he managed to break his own finals record and secure an Olympic quota in the event for Australia.

Gender: M           

Year of birth: 1997             

Place of birth: Australia

Hometown: Adelaide

Residence: South Australia

Height: (cm) 171

Weight: (kg) 70

Marital status: single             

Highest education: Year 12 – currently in Gap Year, commencing University 2017

Profession:  Student           

Hobbies: Reading, Frisbee

Languages: English 

Club: Reynella Smallbore and Air Rifle Club

Start of competing: 2009

Practising shooter: since 2007

Personal Coach: Petr Kurka

National Coach: Petr Kurka

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: FR60PR, AR60

Sporting Goals: Win Olympic medal

James Willett

At just 20 years of age, James has enjoyed a rapid rise in the sport. While he began shooting when he was 12, he only began the double trap discipline at the beginning of 2015.

Having to commute over three hours to Werribee to train, James and his father built a shooting range at their farm in Mulwala. James won the double trap quota for Australia at the Oceania Championships and is currently ranked number one in the world.

Gender: M
Year of birth: 1995
Place of birth: Yarrawonga, VIC
Hometown: Mulwala NSW
Residence: Mulwala NSW
Height: (cm) 186
Weight: (kg) 88
Marital status: single
Highest education: Year 12, Corowa High School
Profession: Athlete/ Salesperson at a Gun Shop.
Hobbies: Fishing 
Other sport activities: Swimming
Languages: English

Club: Deniliquin

Start of competing: 2008

Practising shooter: since 2005

Personal Coach: Graeme Boyd 2009 to current, Russell Mark 2014 to current

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: Combined, Double Trapp

Sporting Goal: To one day represent Australia at the Olympic Games

Motto: Never give up

Keith Ferguson

Skeet shooter Keith will return to Olympic competition in Rio having made his Games debut four years ago in London. Ferguson was a late starter to the sport of shooting, taking it up at the age of 26, but has since become one of Australia's leading skeet shooters having won a host of state, national and Oceania medals. 

Gender: M           

Year of birth: 1979

Place of birth: Sale

Hometown: Mentone      

Residence: Australia

Height: (cm) 178

Weight: (kg) 78

Marital status: in a relationship

Children: 4                   

Highest education:

Profession:  Project Manager

Hobbies: Water Sports, Camping, Hunting

Languages: English

Club: Frankston

Start of competing: 2005

Practising shooter: 2005

National Coach: Valeriy Timokmin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: SK125

Moto: Get rich or die trying 

Laetisha Scanlan

Laetisha will make her Olympic debut when she lines up at Rio 2016 having just missed out on qualifying for the London Games. She won her first World Cup in 2013 and has gone from strength-to-strength since.

Off the range Laetisha has completed a degree in journalism from Monash University and is an ambassador for the Bully Zero Australia Foundation.

Gender: W           

Year of birth: 1990             

Place of birth: Melbourne, AUS       

Hometown: Berwick, AUS 

Residence: Melbourne, AUS            

Height: (cm) 164 

Weight: (kg) 50   

Marital status: single

Highest education: Bachelor of Communication

Profession: Sales Rep

Hobbies: Travel

Other sport activities: Water Sports

Languages: English

Club: Frankston Australia Gun Club

Start of competing: 2007

Practising shooter: since 2005

Personal Coach: Valeriy Timorkhin

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: TR75

Sporting Goal: To win gold at the Olympic Games

Motto: Everything happens for a reason

Mitchell Iles

At just 17 years and 133 days trap shooter Mitchell Iles will become Australia’s third youngest ever shooting athlete to compete at an Olympic Games. Iles first started shooting when he was 12. He went on to compete at his first Australian Championships in early 2015 where he won the junior event after just four months in the trap discipline.

He highlighted his unique talent when he became the youngest ever winner of the 2014 ZZ World Championship having not participated in the event before.

Gender: M           

Year of birth: 1999

Place of birth: Melbourne, AUS

Hometown: Hurstbridge, VIC, AUS            

Residence: Hurstbridge, VIC, AUS            

Height: (cm) 178

Weight: (kg) 84

Hobbies: AFL

Languages: English

Start of competing: 2011

Practising shooter: since 2011

Personal Coach: Bill Iles

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: TR125

Natalie Smith

Natalie became a paraplegic at the age of 34 when she was involved in a hiking accident. At an APC Talent Search Day in July 2010, she decided to have a go at shooting and has developed at a fast rate ever since.

As well as shooting, Natalie enjoys horse riding, sky-diving and has a penchant for shoes, boasting a large shoe collection. Natalie is a qualified nurse and has completed both undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the industry.

Gender: W           

Year of birth: 1975

Hometown: Medowbrook, Queensland

Disability: Paraplegia

How Acquired: Hiking accident          

Profession: Nurse and Student        

Other sport activities: horse riding, sky-diving

Languages: English

Start of competing: 2010

National Coach: Miroslav Sipek

Events: SH1

Paul Adams

Paul secured his chance to make his Olympics debut by becoming one of only two Australians to shoot a benchmark score and win one of the three Australian selection events.

He began shooting at the age of ten when his grandfather got him into the sport. He switched to the Olympic discipline of skeet in 2010 with a goal of making his Olympic debut in 2012. He just missed out on making the team for London and had to wait another four years to get his ticket to Rio.

Paul balanced his shooting commitments with study and now is a registered nurse.

Gender: M           

Year of birth: 1992

Place of birth: Toowoomba, QLD

Hometown: Old Bar, AUS

Residence: Kippa-Ring, QLD

Height: (cm) 184

Weight: (kg) 98

Marital status: single

Highest education: Australian Catholic University 2010-2015

Profession: Nursing

Languages: English 

Club: Brisbane Gun Club, Queensland, Australia

Start of competing: 2010

Personal Coach: Ian Mathieson

National Coach: Valeriy Timokhin

Handedness: right

Master Eye: right

Events: ISSF Skeet

Sporting Goal: TO be an Olympic Games champion and the bestin the world

Motto: One at a time 

Penny Smith

Gender: F          

Year of birth: 1995

Place of birth: Geelong

Hometown: Camperdown

Residence: Bookaar

Height: (cm) 175cm

Highest education: Year 12

Profession: Lifeguard/Swim Teacher                         

Hobbies: Horse riding

Languages: English

Club: Warrnambool Clay Target Club

Start of competing: 2012

Practising shooter: since 2009

National Coach: Adam Vella

Handedness: Left

Master Eye: Left

Events: Women's Trap

Sporting Goal: To achieve at the hightest level

Motto: Sky's are limits.

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