Aussies dominate Championship with four more quotas
29 November 2015
SHOOTING: Australia has done it again, this time securing all four quotas on offer at the Oceania Continental Championship in Sydney.
Atlanta Games bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) headlined the day’s events by claiming the Trap Men’s title and qualifying a Rio quota. The second quota in that event went to silver medallist Glenn Kable (Fiji). 18-year-old Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) won the bronze medal.
Vella said he was nervous at the start of the semi-final stage.
“I felt a bit unsettled in the semi, and didn’t get the start I wanted. I just had to focus on my shooting instead of everyone else’s and reset and go for gold. I’m happy now, so I can relax and have a good Christmas.
“I’m also happy to have won the championship. Glenn beat us last time around and I wanted to get one back on him,” Vella said.
The 50m Rifle Prone quota was won by South Aussie Fred Woodhouse after an impressive bronze medal performance, with the title going to Dane Sampson (Oakden, SA) who has already won a quota spot.
Woodhouse didn’t think he would win the quota when he began his event.
“I wasn’t sure I would win it, especially after a shaky start but had to settle down and refocus to find my way back up. I took a few deep breaths. I had confidence in myself and I knew I was the right man for the job if I kept to my procedure,” he said.
19-year-old Chris Summerell (Toukley, NSW) collected the quota in Men's 10m Air Pistol, having been the only Australian athlete to have shot a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) in the qualifying round. His MQS and podium finish secured the quota for Australia.
Summerell displayed confidence beyond his years, heading into his debut senior Oceania final, whilst knowing that he was the only Australian who could win the quota.
“It’s great to see all the training pay off. I tried not to let the screen in front distract me and just concentrated on the basic procedure. I’m happy to have made the final and I’m very happy with how far I went,” Summerell said.
The final quota of the day was awarded to Commonwealth Games multi-medallist Lalita Yauhleuskaya (Berwick, VIC) in 10m Women’s Air Pistol.
At the mid-way mark, Australia has so far qualified seven spots, with an additional eight quotas on offer at the 2015 Oceania Continental Championship.