Catherine Skinner became Australia’s fifth Olympic shooting gold medallist when she took out the women’s trap event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Victorian only just scraped through to the semi-finals, winning a shoot-off to make the final six and give herself a chance at a medal. From there she shot 14 out of 15 targets to move through to the gold medal match against New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney. Skinner kept her composure shooting 12 of 15 targets in the final to beat Rooney by one target and join Suzy Balogh as Australia’s only female Olympic shooting gold medallists.
Skinner was one of the first athletes to qualify a quota spot for Australia for the Rio 2016 Games when she won bronze at the 2014 World Championships. She completed her set of Summer Universiade medals in 2015 when she won bronze having won silver in 2011 and gold in 2013.