It is with great pleasure that the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA) Management Sub-Committee can now announce the official appointment of Mr. Paul Gilbert to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACTA. This appointment was finalised following the signing of an employment contract today.    

Mr. Gilbert was one of the shortlisted applicants interviewed previously when the position was advertised last September.    

Mr. Gilbert has 25 years of sport administration experience in various roles as either General Manager or Chief Executive Officer.  This included 9 years as the CEO of the Australian National University Sports and Recreation Association, managing a large membership and numerous facilities. He is also a former Australian champion and International representative in mid-distance running.

The ACTA welcomes Paul to the position which will take effect on the 5th August and looks forward to a bright future for the Association with his input and guidance.

Congratulations to the Open Australian Team members who placed second in the 5th ICTSF World English Sporting Championships in Ireland. Team members were Chris Brown, Blake Nankervis, Nicholas Guerra, Robert Hall and Mathew Wilesmith. Mathew was the youngest on the team and also took out second place in the juniors, well done.

To be held at Sydney International Shooting Centre on 3rd & 4th August 2019

Interested persons should apply to:
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Applications close last mail 26th July 2019

Prospective ISSF Referee's must have been an active referee in the last two years. They must have a sound knowledge of the current ISSF Rules.
Must bring the current ISSF Rule Book 2019 (can be obtained online at
For more information phone or email Elaine Forward OAM, Course presenter, Phone: 08 9297 4588 or 0417 775 122, Email:

The depth and talent of clay target shooting in Australia is well and truly on show at the World Cup in Acapulco with more gold being won in the Mixed Trap event.

Having already taken gold this week in the Men’s Trap, talented shooter James Willett teamed up with Laetisha Scanlan to score a clear victory in the mixed trap on Thursday.

Scanlan has also had a memorable World Cup having claimed Silver in the women’s event, continuing a run of form that has her well placed to enjoy a successful year.

Mitchell Iles and Penny Smith missed out on a medal finishing fourth - two targets behind Bronze medallists Kirsty Barr and Matthew Coward-Holley from Great Britain.

Even though Mitchell and Penny were unlucky to miss a medal, they set a new world record of 149.

Willett and Scanlan dominated the final of the mixed event, going out to an early lead and never looking back.

The mixed victory came hot on the heels of strong performances in the men’s Trap for Willett.

James equalled the world record shooting a perfect 125 and another four shooters weren’t too far behind shooting 124 targets.

In the final, he held first place from the beginning to end, ultimately defeating Egyptian shooter Ahmed Zaher and Bronze medallist Haichen Yu from China.

It was a decisive performance from Willett who was clearly the best shooter in the competition.

Scanlan was equally strong in the women’s Trap, pushing eventual winner Jessica Rossi of Italy all the way.

Rossi eventually held on by just two shots to take Gold while Laetisha was a clear silver medallist finishing two shots ahead of Bronze medallist Weiyun Deng from China.

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Australia’s clay target shooters now officially have a headquarters the envy of their peers around the world. The new function centre – The Range – was officially opened at the Australian Clay Target Association’s National Grounds by Wes Fang, MLC in October 2018, and the website is now live at:

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