Shooters on target for success

Shooters Catherine |Skinner, Laetisha Scanlan and Laura Coles. d407226
Shooters Catherine |Skinner, Laetisha Scanlan and Laura Coles. d407226

Ten of the 14 Australians going to the championships in Peru this week were in the Swan Valley for their final preparation.

The team boasts a mixture of youth and experience as it builds towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

‘We felt this particular venue was the most appropriate place for final preparation because the environmental conditions are similar to what we will experience at Peru,’ Australian International Shooting Limited high-performance manager Tim Mahon said.

‘The WA Gun Club in Whiteman Park have been fantastic; they have been very hospitable in opening up the range, providing toasted sandwiches ” it’s the little things that help us do what we do ” the athletes have enjoyed coming over here.’

Mr Mahon said the championships started on Saturday and he was confident the squad would perform well.

‘We have 23-year-olds Catherine Skinner and Laetisha Scanlan joining world number 13 and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Suzy Balogh (NSW),’ he said.

Skinner and Scanlan have risen to world rankings of three and six respectively after exceptional international and domestic seasons.

Scanlan won gold at the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Skinner has won two World Cup silver medals and gold at the 2013 World University Games.