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New partnership on target for success

New partnership on target for success

The South Australian Sports Institute and Shooting Australia have combined to provide a home base for young athletes on the rise in their sport

A NATIONAL centre of excellence at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) will give shooting athletes a strong chance to compete well on the national and international stage.

The recent initiative between Shooting Australia and SASI would provide a boost to the athletes in the National Rifle program, said Rifle, National Talent Coach Carrie Quigley.

''Now we are working more formally with SASI which is providing help for the shooters using the strength and conditioning and physio programs,'' she said.

''There are so many benefits in using SASI facilities - now that it has become a formal program a lot of the younger kids who live in the southern areas will be able to come down. The program is evolving and we have felt so welcome at SASI.''

Carrie oversees the program when head coach Petr Kurka is away travelling with athletes to competitions nationally and overeas.

Among the leading local shooters are dual Olympian Dane Sampson who recently competed in the GP of Liberation in Plzen, Czech Republic, where he finished second in the Air Rifle event.

After training camps in Italy and Austria, Dane will contest another world cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan, between June 6 and 14. He will have a break after that and then compete in domestic competitions, aiming to make the Commonwealth Games team.

Dane said the association with SASI would be a winner.

''It will help develop a path for future athletes in rifle shooting and helps me now by providing a larger support network with all the services provided."

''My short term aim is to dominate the Commonwealth Games next year and get a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics.''

Young shooters also have a busy program with coach Carrie taking them away for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol in Suhl, Germany, between June 22 and 29.

The South Australian Rifle athletes are Jack Rossiter, 19, Reynella Club, who will compete in prone, air rifle and three position; Tori Rossiter, 15, Reynella Club, air rifle; Emma Adams, 18, Reynella Club, air rifle only (also shooting in the Senior World Cup in Gabala before the Junior World Championships); Alex Hoberg, 15 years, Wingfield Club, air rifle.

NSW athletes Mitchell Bailey, 18, and Daniel Clopatofsky, 19, also will compete.

There will also be a mixed air rifle competition where a male and female air rifle shooter from each country are paired to compete together.

This is a new competition added to the Olympic program for 2020 and will be shot at the Junior World Championships.

All athletes are aiming to gain selection in the national team for the Commonwealth Games.

There also is a Commonwealth Games test event in November this year that these athletes are hoping to be selected for.

Australian shooting team