Skin­ner top women’s shooter

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MANS­FIELD trap shooter Cather­ine Skin­ner ( was awarded the pres­ti­gious Shooter of the Year in the Fe­male Ath­lete cat­e­gory on Satur­day night.

Only the sec­ond to be awarded this honor, Skin­ner won the award af­ter achiev­ing sil­ver medals at World Cup events in 2013 (Al Ain, UAE and Ni­cosia, Cyprus).

Her break­out year in 2013 also in­cluded a gold medal at the Univer­sity Games in Kazan, Rus­sia, en­sur­ing that she rock­eted up the world rank­ings to be well en­trenched in­side the top 10 shoot­ers in the world.

Held at the Mer­cure Liver­pool in Syd­ney, Shoot­ing Aus­tralia pre­sented its three most pres­ti­gious ti­tles to the top de­serv­ing ath­letes for 2013.

Chef de Mis­sion for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Kitty Chiller was in at­ten­dance, and was de­lighted to present the pin­na­cle awards for the night.

“It’s great to see Shoot­ing Aus­tralia’s best ath­letes re­ceiv­ing these im­por­tant awards, which cel­e­brate all the hard work they have en­dured to reach the peak,” Chiller said.

Lon­don Par­a­lympic bronze medal­list Natalie Smith (Hid­den Val­ley, Vic­to­ria) was awarded the Shooter of the Year (Cat­e­gory: Elite Ath­lete with a Disability) for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Smith earned the pres­ti­gious ti­tle for hav­ing won a bronze medal at the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee (IPC) World Cup event in Poland, and for achiev­ing three fi­nals at the Bench­mark IPC World Cup in Bangkok.

In the Male Ath­lete cat­e­gory, dual Olympic medal­list, Rus­sell Mark (Hop­pers Cross­ing) was pre­sented with the Shooter of the Year ti­tle for hav­ing achieved three top eight fin­ishes at In­ter­na­tional Shoot­ing Sports Fed­er­a­tion (ISSF) World Cup events.

He is also firmly placed within the top 10 in the world.

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