CEO Update - July 2016

Articles | Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

I will make this CEO update short and sweet as I want to focus in on the Olympic Games which is now on our doorstep.

AOC Blackout Period

From the 27th of July Shooting Australia and its staff are limited in our ability to promote the shooting athletes going to Rio on our website and across our social media channels (hence the early release of this CEO update). For this reason you will see our website homepage and social media channels change for the duration of the Blackout Period 27th July to 24th August. The reason for telling you this is to request your assistance. Although Shooting Australia, its staff, Member Bodies and State Associations and its staff are limited in their ability to promote the great achievements of our athletes and our sport, for any type of commercial gain, you as a private citizen are not. So we encourage you all during Games time spread the great stories of our athletes far and wide.

Officials Development Plan

During July Shooting Australia facilitated a workshop with key officials across all disciplines to begin to create a whole of sport strategy aimed at better recruiting, developing and rewarding our volunteer Officials. We have read for many years now that across all sports there is a declining number of officials, an ageing of the volunteer workforce, and the decline in disposable time. Rather than joining the chorus of sports who accept this position we are pro-actively working to lead a whole of sport Officials Program to regenerate and rejuvenate our volunteers and secure the health of our sport at all levels. The workshop held in Brisbane was the starting point to define the areas of opportunity and to create a program and plan that increases the quality and depth of our officials as we work towards delivering a successful Junior World Cup and then the Commonwealth Games in March/April of 2018. This Official initiative will be the first of its type for our sport and Shooting Australia is investing significantly to make it happen.

Officials doing great things

Following on from the above, I want to take the time to single out a few volunteer Officials. Yes we have many outstanding and inspiring officials and it is right that we work harder to recognise and acknowledge the great work they do, so I want to start by acknowledging these three.

  • Gleniss Lawrence -  Gleniss has achieved a first for Australia by being selected to be on the Shotgun Jury at the Rio Olympic Games.
  • Sharon Reynolds – Sharon has been re-elected onto the International Shooting Sport Federation Pistol Technical Committee, as well as being selected on the Pistol Jury for the ISSF World Cup Final in the rifle and pistol events in Bologna, ITA from 4 to 10 October 2016.
  • Jenny Gregory – Jenny has been selected as a member of the Pistol Jury at the Rio Paralympic Games

All three of these Officials deserve these roles and the accolades that come with them as they have had to work extremely hard to achieve them. Best of all is that these are three great Australians and three great Australian Women doing incredible things and paving the way for future Women in our sport. Congratulations Ladies and well done, we are all proud of you.

Olympic Games

Finally, I want to wish all of our 18 athletes the best of luck in Rio. I have been saying for many months in these reports that we need to allow these athletes a chance to shine—and although some individuals have chosen to ignore this wish and attempted to derail the preparation of these athletes by publicly attacking them, their performances, and the sport they are representing—it no longer matters. These athletes deserve to be in Rio, they have sacrificed and toiled and we are extremely proud of the 18 who go to Rio to not only represent themselves and their families, but also our sport, and the whole of Australia. I would encourage you to go to our website or click here and read the profiles of these brilliant athletes so you can see for yourself what a remarkable group of Australian athletes they are.

Good luck, it’s time to light that fire and we are proud of you all.

Damien 


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