Skinner top women’s shooter
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.