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:

The Australian Clay Target Association AGM will be held on Sunday 31st March 2019 at the Club Hotel, 42 McDowall St, Roma Qld.
6.30pm Registration for a 7pm start.

Attention Junior Skeet Shooters:

The ACTA and ASSA (Australian Skeet Shooters Association) are pleased to announce a new program to be known as the "ACTA/ASSA Junior Skeet Initiative Program". A joint venture to promote junior participation for Skeet Shooting in Australia.

PRIZE:              1st place $1,000     2nd place $500

ELIBIBILITY:     Under the age of 18 years at the start of the Skeet Nationals and an ACTA/ASSA member.

CRITERIA:        Any one hundred target score from any State or Territory 12g State title of any State carnival. Submit as many State 12g scores as you like and use the best one.

PLUS:               The combined scores of the National - Handicap, 20g, Commonwealth and 12g events. Eg: 100 + 350 = 450 targets total, best two scores win.

COMMENCE:    1st June 2018 until the completion of the 2019 Skeet Nationals - (for a 5 year trial)

The ASSA will compile all scores throughout the year, which will then be presented at the 2019 Skeet Nationals and each consecutive year following.

Come on kids, start practising your skeet. It just may pay off if you register your scores.

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