Aussie shooters target more gold in Tokyo
Articles | Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016
Great article on the future of Australian Shooting as reported by Roje Adaimy of AAP. Read on.
Catherine Skinner's breakthrough gold medal at the Rio Olympics has Shooting Australia aiming for greatness in Tokyo in four years' time.
But they also hope her achievement does more to reduce the stigma around guns and the sport.
The 26-year-old chemical engineer will leave Brazil as Australia's only shooting medallist, having claimed the women's trap title on day two of competition.
It was the country's first shooting gold in 12 years and first medal of any colour since Warren Potent's bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.
"It shows we're certainly on the right path and trajectory towards Tokyo," SA chief executive Damien Marangon told AAP.
Australia had one of its least experienced teams in Brazil, fielding the youngest competitor in three of the five shotgun events.
Aislin Jones was the youngest ever at 16, while 20-year-old James Willett made the finals.
With Potent and fellow Olympic bronze medallist Adam Vella set to retire after the Games, Marangon said it was a positive sign for the future.
"If you look at the age of our athletes and their performances ... we certainly believe we're capable of more than one medal in Tokyo," he added.
Part of that will depend on whether they can get a boost in funding.
SA currently receives about $2 million a year from the Australian Sports Commission.
"Like all sports, we believe with more funding we could do more," Marangon said.
"We've produced great results, which we believe should give our major investors and partners confidence in what we're doing."
The SA boss said one of the biggest struggles was getting Australians to realise the legitimacy of the sport.
But he believes Skinner's performance and profile will go some way to achieving that.
"It is a legitimate sport and the skill required for Catherine Skinner to win a gold medal in the trap is no different from any other sport," he said.
"Catherine deserves the recognition she's now getting and our sport deserves that recognition."
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