2017 World Cup commences in India with new Shooting Australia High Performance Shotgun Coach

Media Releases | Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

The year of sport shooting starts this week in New Delhi, India, where the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 takes place from February 22nd to March 4th.

This week is also the beginning of a new era for Olympic and Commonwealth medallist and former World Number One Adam Vella as he heads to India today for the first ISSF World Cup event since being appointed National High Performance Shotgun Coach.

When asked about his transition from athlete to coach Vella admitted that it had been emotionally demanding. “To retire from International competition after 23 years on the Australian National Team and be named as the new HP Coach on the same day was hard,” Vella said. “But the opportunity to work with this fantastic group of athletes, to assist them in reaching their goals for themselves and the country, has made the change very easy.”

Our sport delivered one of the eight Olympic Gold Medals won by Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and of the ten Australian shotgun athletes competing in this World Cup six are ranked in the top 21 in the world, so expectations are high.

“I'm looking forward to the start of competition,” said Vella “and I’m really excited to see how our athletes perform at the first World Cup event of 2017."

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Shooting Australia is the peak body responsible for the growth, sustainability, and success of target shooting sports in Australia.

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