Today's Date:


The Victorian 5 Stand Team won the State Teams Match Trophy at the 2018 National
Sporting Clays Championships at Wagga, August 2018.

The Victorian team members were Shane O'Brien, Robert Hall & John Younger who finished with a combined score of 524/600.

A great result for the Victorian team.  Congratulations and well shot!

SILVER at ISSF Trap at World Cup - Korea!

Penny Smith and Jack Wallace won the Silver Medal
in the Mixed Team event at the 2018 ISSF World Cup

Congratulations Penny and Jack!

Jack and Penny

GOLD and SILVER at Commonwealth Games!

Laetisha Scanlan wins Gold in Trap.
Emma Cox wins Silver in Double Trap.

Congratulations Laetisha and Emma!

Laetisha wins Gold

Emma wins Silver

Penny Smith Wins Gold

21-year-old Penny Smith has won Gold in the Women’s Trap competition at the 2017 ISSF World Cup New Delhi, India.

Currently ranked 51 in the world, Penny never looked fazed in the finals match at the first ISSF event of 2017. Penny defeated Jessica Rossi of Italy, currently ranked 9th in the world, to win the first World Cup medal of her career.

When questioned after her win an excited Penny said ”It felt amazing when I shot the last target and all I could I think about was I did it for Gran. It's the happiest moment of my sporting career and my greatest achievement to date. Thanks to my personal coach Greg Chan and new Australian team coach Adam Vella".

Congratulations Penny!

Click Here to see the closing stages of Penny and Jessica Rossi shooting for Gold and Silver.

Fantastic news from the Bendigo Academy of Sport

Clay Target Shooting - Award winners.

Glenn Woodhatch

The Frank Roberts Outstanding Community Award for Contribution to their Sport.



Kiara Dean
Coaches Encouragement Award

Jacob Motha
Athlete of the Year.

Cooper Reading
Coaches Encouragement Award

Left to Right
Glenn Woodhatch – the Frank Roberts Outstanding Service Award
Jacob Motha – Clay Target Athlete of the Year
Cooper Reading – Coaches Encouragement Award
Kiara Dean – Coaches Encouragement Award
Jim Shepherd – Coach of the Clay Target Shooting Squad.

Penny Smith wins gold with a world record score
in the Women’s Trap at the 2017 ISSF World Cup

Penny Smith, from the Western Districts of Victoria, shot a new world record score of 40 to win gold in the Women’s Trap at the 2017 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India.

Penny (ranked 51st in the world) was cool and calm when shooting the finals match defeating Jessica Rossi of Italy ranked 9th in the word.  It is Penny’s first World Cup Final and her first World Cup medal of her sporting career.

It was also Adam Vella’s first World Cup as Australia’s shotgun coach and for both a mammoth achievement for their first time.

Congratulations to Penny Smith, well shot and good luck for the next World Cup. To Adam - well done!

Catherine Skinner wins GOLD at Rio!

In a nail biting medal match, Catherine showed nerves of steel against New Zealand’s Oceania champion Natalie Rooney to claim her first ever gold medal on the international stage. Catherine came 6th in the qualifying rounds and in a shoot-off to make the semi final.

Laetisha Scanlon shot to the top in the qualifier but missed out on a place in the medal matches.
Well shot Laetisha.

Jack Wallace wins Gold at the Gabala, Azerbaijan World Cup

Jack Wallace, shooting in the Junior Olympic Trap at the World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan won Gold. 

2016 Junior World Cup Olympic Trap Champion is Jack Wallace from Melbourne Gun Club who won Gold in Gabala, Azerbaijan with a score of 119/125 in the qualifying event then in the semi finals shot 11/15 and was in a shoot off for the medal match and won the shoot off to go into the Gold and Silver medal match.  Jack shot a fantastic 14/15 to win the Gold medal.

Congratulations Jack!,
a fantastic effort.

Jack Wallace

Australian Shooters excel at the 12th World
DTL championships Held in Ireland
21st to 23rd July 2016

Congratulations to all the Australians with outstanding results in a field
of 411 entries.

What a fantastic effort by our Victorian shooter Laura Woolley who shot extremely well over the three days.  And to Laura’s cousin well done for looking after Laura and also for shooting so well herself.

2016 World DTL Champion
Matt Schiller (Cobar CTC NSW) - 897

2016 World DTL Ladies Champion
Laura Woolley (Bendigo CTC Vic ) - 889

2016 World DTL Ladies Runner Up
Tracey Barton (Boorowa CTC, NSW ) - 887

2016 World DTL Veteran Champion
Daryl Stevens (Caboolture CTC, Qld) - 893

2016 World DTL Junior Champion – Runner up
Laura Woolley (Bendigo CTC Vic) - 889

2016 World DTL Team Champions:

Ladies Team:
1st           Australia  1186/1200
Emma Cox
Laura Woolley
Tracey Barton

Junior Team:
1st           Australia   1181/1200           
James Hayden
John Duryea
Thomas Armstrong

Veterans Team:
1st           Australia    1177/1200
Allan Pollock
Gary Hayden
Daryl Stevens

Super Veterans Team:
2nd          Australia    1168/1200
Fred Heinze
Rob Viney
Angelo Paonne

Penny Smith, becomes the youngest female to become a
Club Coach in Victoria.

We hope to see more ladies, like Penny, become coaches, referees and leaders to help encourage more girls into our sport.

There are very few coaches like Penny in our sport and our congratulations for achieving her coaching accreditation.

Well done Penny!

Victorian Shooters excel at the San Marino World Cup

Emma Cox, shooting in the Womens Olympic Trap at the World Cup in San Marino won Gold.  Congratulations Emma!

After the event Emma stated:

"My day was pretty cool, I had no expectations, I just came and tried to shoot at my best. When I was shooting the final I felt a little bit nervous to begin with but I took it as it came, I tried to relax. This is my first world cup gold, it’s great."

Penny Smith also competed and shot a commendable qualifying score of 69/75 - Well done Penny!

Emma Cox

Penny Smith

Victorian Shooters among those who represented Australia at the 2015 World championships
in Lonato, Italy

Of the Victorian Shooters who represented Australia at the 2015 World championships in Lonato, Italy many were on their first trip to a World Championship.

Laetisha Scanlan made it through to the latter stages of the competition after shooting 70 of a possible 75 targets in the qualification rounds.  In the 15 shot semi-final she missed three of her first five targets and eventually scored ten.  With the top two progressing to the gold medal shoot off and third and fourth shooting off for bronze, Laetisha just missed out on a chance for a medal by one shot and gained 4th in the World of Women’s Trap.

Fellow VIS athletes Emma Cox and Catherine Skinner finished 32nd and 37th respectively.

In the men’s trap Adam Vella finished 38th after shooting 115 out of a possible 125 targets.

Congratulations to the Australian Junior Team: Sam Bylsma, Jack Wallace,  and Mitch Iles on their Bronze Medal win in the World Championships Junior Team Event.

Sam Bylsma, Jack Wallace and Mitch Iles

So with the conclusion of the 2015 World Shotgun Championships, of the 8 events that Australian athletes competed, Australia featured in 4 finals and won one team medal :-

Laetisha Scanlan - Womens Trap gained 5th placing; 
Mitchell Iles - Mens Junior Trap also gained  5th placing; and 
Penny Smith - Womens Junior Trap obtained 6th place

These Victorian young guns did Australia proud each making a semi final and gaining very good rankings in the World of Clay Target shooting. 

Congratulations to all our members who shot at the World Championships and finally, congratulations to New South Welshman, James Willett (Mens Double Trap) who shot extremely well to gain 4th in the World in his respective discipline. 

Good luck at Oceania and hopefully Australia will gain the rest of the quotas for the Olympic Games being held next year in Rio.


Victorian Teams Shoot well at 2015 Skeet Nationals

The Victorian Junior team - 1st place with 73/75:
Max Sammon 25/25 (first 25 ever in competition)
Aislin Jones 24/25
Jack Stockdale 24/25

The Victorian Ladies team 1st place with 71/75:
Jacqui Durham 24/25
Alison Harwood 24/25
Aislin Jones 23/25

The Victorian Open team 1st place with 244/250:
Glenn Clarke 50/50
Mal Briggs 50/50
Hayden Mountjoy 49/50
Michael Buttigieg 48/50
David O'Sullivan 47/50

State team members at opening ceromony

State team members

Junior team members - Aislin Jones, Jack Stockdale and Max Sammon

Junior team members - Aislin Jones, Max Sammon and Jack Stockdale
enjoying the moment!

Laetisha Scanlan Wins Silver in Acapulco, Mexico - 1st World Cup for 2015

Silver medalist Laetisha SCANLAN of Australia with Gold medalist Corey COGDELL of the USA and Bronze medalist Natalie ROONEY of New Zealand

This week (3/3/15), in Acapulco, Mexico the 1st World Cup for 2015 where competition commences.  The Womens Olympic Trap was the first event and Laetisha Scanlan became the top scorer in the qualifying rounds with a score of 73/75 which placed her in the semi final where she was the highest scorer out of the six shooters.

Laetisha shot off in the medal match for gold or silver, becoming the Silver medallist and ended up on the podium with a score of 9/15, after scoring 14/15 in the semi-final, and leading the qualifying rounds with 73/75. By winning the Silver medal, she also secured the second Olympic Quota place for Australia in this event (her teammate Catherine Skinner had already won a Quota at the 2014 ISSF World Championship in Granada).

Congratulations Laetisha, good shooting and well done!   

The 2015 Victorian ISSF Skeet Open team won the Alex Crikis Perpetual Trophy.  The team won the event with a score of 326 with NSW on 325 and SA on 234.  The last time Victoria won the trophy was in 1996.  The team was Richard Sammon, Keith Ferguson and Mat Costa.  It was the first time both Richard and Mat represented Victoria in a ISSF Team at the ACTA ISSF Nationals.

2015 Victorian ISSF Skeet Open team

The Olympic Trap team won the Robert Buchan Perpetual Trophy.  The Victorian team were Nidal Asmar, Jack Wallace & Matej Kandus with a score of 332 and 2nd was Queensland with a score of 328 and New South Wales with a score of 292. 

A great result with the Victorian Open teams.  Congratulations and well shot!

2015 Glenn Shield

The Glenn Shield is shot between Australia and New Zealand and held in alternate countries each year.  The 2015 Glenn Shield was shot in  Australian and the Australian were the winners.  Selected in the team were all Victorian members and they were Mitchell Iles, Jack Wallace and Alexander Sibillin with a score of 330/375.  Congratulations and well shot!

Penny Smith and Emma Cox awarded the 2015
VIS Future Talent Scholarship.


The Future Talent Scholarship gives Penny and Emma access to the VIS facilities including VIS Gym, Dieticians, and Sports Psychology. These are just a few of the benefits now available to assist them to become our next generation of elite clay target shooters.

Congratulations to Penny and Emma for earning this award.

Well done Ladies!


A World Class Champion retires from the World stage!

Russell Mark has decided it is time to retire from the international stage of shooting and will have attended his final world championship in Spain. Russell commenced his remarkable shooting career at Sebastopol Gun Club in 1977, and competed at the international level for the first time in 1985.

Russell won a gold medal in Double Trap at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and he won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He twice won the World Championship and was twice runner up. In 1991 he became the first Australian to win a Gold Medal at a World Cup. He was the first competitor on earth to win a gold medal at all four of the ISSF’s major competitions.

In 2007 the ISSF named Russell Mark as one of their four greatest shotgun shooters of all time joining Kim Rhode, Susan Nattrass and Luciano Giovanetti.

In 1997 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to sport and in 2009 the Australian Clay Target Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame.

Russell will be missed by many shooters around the World, but no doubt will keep in touch with the friends he has made during the decades he has been shooting.

Hopefully Russell will be around the shooting sport for sometime to come with coaching juniors, as he has mentioned in some of his statements of late, and also shooting competition at the local clubs.

The VCTA wishes Russell Mark OAM, the very best in the future
in whatever he takes on.

Catherine Skinner wins Overall at the Victorian State
ISSF Trap Titles - Melbourne Gun Club October 2014

CLICK HERE for Results

Mitchell Iles (Junior) wins Overall at the Victorian State
ISSF Double Trap Titles - Werribee CTC October 2014

James Bolding wins Overall at the Victorian State
ISSF Skeet Titles - Werribee CTC October 2014

CLICK HERE for Results

QCTA Western Zone Trap Carnival 
Kingaroy Clay Target Club 26th & 27th July 2014

Victorians Among the Winners!!

Colin Dunn of the Callawadda/Stawell CTC reports that the Kingaroy CTC is a great place to shoot and a very hospitable Club; camping facilities were very good and well patronized. 

There were 145  Competitors from around Australia shooting in great weather.

 The Victorians who shot well, in the Canterbury Commonwealth Champion of Champions were:

A Grade 1st – Bill Jorgensen  122/125  Central Wimmera- Horsham and 2nd- Allan Cole 119/125  from  Numurkah/Shepparton. Bill Jorgensen also won the A Grade High Gun -  452/475

In the Commonwealth Double Barrel Title the Overall winner  was  Colin Dunn  173/173  from Callawadda/Stawell Clay Target Club.

Gold for our shooters at the Commonwealth Games

Victorian shooters, Laetisha Scanlon and Adam Vella, win Gold
Our congratulations for this fantastic result!

Laetisha Scanlon Gold Women's Trap

Adam Vella Gold Men's Trap

Congratulations also to Western Australian Laura Coles
for Gold in Woman's Skeet

Laura Coles Gold Women's Skeet

Well done Ladies!!

Laetisha Scanlan ranked No. 3 in the World, competed at the International Grand Prix in Gabala and made the semi finals and Catherine Skinner ranked No. 11 in the World also competed at the Grand Prix, both ladies shot well in the qualifying rounds of the Womens Trap event to shoot in the semi finals.

Shooters Awarded VIS Individual Scholarships

Congratulations to the following shooters who have been successful in obtaining a VIS Individual Scholarship for 2014/15:

Keith Ferguson, Russell Mark, Lauryn Mark
Laetitia Scanlan, Catherine Skinner and Adam Vella

 We wish them all the best of luck.

Emma Cox and Gaye Shale selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Womens Double Trap.

The VCTA congratulates Emma and Gaye on their well deserved selection. What great ambassadors for Australia and Clay Target shooting. Well done!

Emma Cox

When contacted by the VCTA, Emma expressed her pride and gratitude in the following statement:

"To be representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games has been a goal of mine since I started clay target shooting at the age of 15. I never dreamed that this goal would come true so early in my shooting career, let alone next to some of Australia's best shooters. I'd like to thank everyone in all disciplines of our sport that have helped me along the way, particularly my friends from the ACTA. Without the friendly faces, the guidance and the encouragement that I have had from my fellow shooters, I don't believe I would have made this team. 

I am truly blessed to be a member of such a fantastic group of sports men and women. Shooting isn't just a sport to me, nor is it just a hobby; it's a way of life, my passion. I don't regard shooters as just competitors or friends anymore, you are all my family. I am honoured to be wearing the green and gold and representing you. In saying this I hope that I can make you all proud and help carry on Australia's reputation as world class competitors both on the field and off."

Emma Cox



Emma's success was reported by the Bendigo Weekly Newspaper in the following article.

"After topping selection rounds for the Women's Double Trap event on March 16 at the final round in Adelaide, 21-year-old Emma Cox has finally heard the announcement she has been waiting for, her selection into the Australian Shooting Team bound for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July and the World Championship Double Trap team heading to Spain in September. Since it was announced the event would be included in the line-up for Glasgow 2014 last May, Cox has been training hard, and competing at qualification events around Australia.

Already splitting her time between the family home in Mooroopna, and Bendigo, where she attends La Trobe University, Cox travels to Werribee twice a week to train at the nearest Double Trap layout. 
Emma Cox

Photos courtesy of Bendigo Weekly Newspaper

The busy athlete is completing her third year of a four year degree in Education and also works at SPC Ardmona, Mooroopna during the fruit season. 

With limited training facilities available for Double Trap in regional Victoria, the Shepparton Branch of Field and Game Australia has generously allowed Emma and her father David (who is also her personal coach) access to its Down the Line Trap - David rigs the traps to simulate a trench layout. While it is not the same as double trap and only throws one target, it provides a valuable chance to train locally.

Emma is member of the Bendigo Clay Target Club, where she has the opportunity to shoot Down the Line practice with her cousins Laura Woolley and Meshaila Cox on a Tuesday afternoon.

With less than 50 days until the Commonwealth Games, preparation will  become more demanding as Emma takes every opportunity to train for the event which will take place on Sunday, July 27 at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Scotland. The shotgun team will leave on July the 19th before those remaining for the Closing Ceremony returning to Aus on the 4th of August.

Eight Victorian's have been selected for the clay target (shotgun) team - Gaye Shale from Rutherglen will also compete in the Women's Double Trap, while Catherine Skinner (Women's Trap), Laetisha Scanlan (Women's Trap), Russell Mark (Men's Double Trap), Adam Vella (Men's Trap), Lauryn Mark (Women's Skeet) and Keith Ferguson (Men's Skeet) make up the victorian contingent for the clay target discipline."

Gaye Shale

Gaye, in the following statement to the VCTA, could not conceal her delight in finally succeeding (at last) in her quest  for Commonwealth Games selection. Truly, An inspiration to us all!

“Never ever give up”… “This is my motto!

It has been 9 years since I previously attempted to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Women’s Double Trap as it has been a long arduous journey getting here. My late husband was the person that first got me involved in shooting, he absolutely had a passion for shooting and believed I had the potential and talent to make the Australian team.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to pursue this dream as work, kids, family, and life take on another priority of their own. In 2001 I lost my husband in a tragic farm accident, my three children were all still toddlers, and I was left to run a farm and a bakery business.

It’s not what happens to us that determines our lives, it is what we do about what happens that counts. I wanted to be a good role model for my kids, and wanted to instil and show them that no matter what happens, good things are possible, dreams do come true.

Gaye Shale

Photos courtesy of
Georgina James/Vignette Photography

In 2002, while watching the Commonwealth Games, I decided I needed to pursue my goal to make the team. I started training and in 2003, I made my first Australian Team. In October 2005, I missed out on selection for the 2006 Commonwealth Games by one point. I thought this was my last opportunity to ever compete in Women’s Double Trap as it was pulled from the Olympics and Commonwealth Games competition schedule until this year when it was reinstated into the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Over the years I have learnt how to turn frustrations into fascinations as I am sure many of you shooters out there would understand. I have been lucky enough to get a second chance and in 2014 I have the honour of competing alongside Australia’s best shooters in the Commonwealth Games. The support and impact the shooting community has had on my family over the years is incredible, and has shaped and impacted who we are today. I am grateful, humbled and very proud to be an Australian and to call myself a Clay Target shooter."

Gaye Shale

Our Ladies do it Again!

Victorians Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) and Catherine Skinner (Mansfield, VIC) have made history after winning gold and bronze in the women’s trap at the 2014 World Cup in Tucson, USA.

This follows on from the 2013 World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, where they became the first Australian women to win the gold and silver medals in the same event.

A wonderful achievement!

Victorian Shooters do well at 2014 ISSF Championships
Perth WA 20th - 25th January

Brothers win ISSF Double Trap
and ISSF Trap

Brothers, Craig and Steve Trembath, won the ISSF National Championships for Double Trap and Trap respectively.

Craig and Steve Trembath - Werribee
Victorian Winners

Gaye Shale - Commonwealth and National Double Trap - 1st O/A
auryn Mark - Commonwealth ISSF Skeet - 3rd O/A; National ISSF Skeet -2nd O/A
Laetisha Scanlon - Commonwealth ISSF Trap - 2nd O/A
Kelly Coogan - Commonwealth ISSF Trap - 3rd O/A
Katherine Skinner - National ISSF Trap - 3rd O/A

Craig Trembath - Commonwealth and National Double Trap - 1st O/A
Russell Mark - Commonwealth and National Double Trap - 3rd O/A
Nathan Zechner - Commonwealth and National Double Trap - 1st C, 3rd Junior

Adam Vella - Commonwealth ISSF Trap - 1st O/A
Jack Wallace - Commonwealth ISSF Trap - 1st A Grade, 1st Junior

Keith Ferguson - Commonwealth ISSF Skeet - 1st O/A; National ISSF Skeet - 3rd O/A
James Bolding -
Commonwealth ISSF Skeet - 2nd O/A; National ISSF Skeet - 1st AA
Steve Trembath - Commonwealth and National ISSF Trap - 1st O/A

Congratulations to all our winners!

Steve Trembath
O/A National Trap

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