Shooting Australia Awards Of Excellence


2016 Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence

The Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence function takes place in Sydney this evening, Friday 8 April. Not only will we be presenting the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games Shooting Team Nominees, we also introduce the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy which will be presented to the inaugural SA Athlete of the Year Award winner.

(This page will be updated as nominees and winners are announced - to read the announcements in chronological order, scroll to the bottom of the page and work backwards)


The Ashley Adams? Perpetual Trophy for Athlete of the Year

The winner of this inaugural Athlete of the Year Award will be presented with the Ashley Adams Perpetual Trophy. Ashley was the first athlete to compete at both ISSF and IPC Shooting World Cup events. This award is named in his honour, not simply because he was an outstanding athlete, but because of the way he behaved and conducted himself on and off the range. Ashley was world-renowned as a great competitor and human being and loved within the shooting community and beyond.

This award is voted upon only by squadded members and the winner is the athlete who best upholds the values and behaviours of our culture and who has performed outstandingly in a calendar year.

Presented by Kate Bates?, Commissioner, Australian Sports Commission, the nominees are:

  • Emma Cox
  • James Willett
  • Laetisha Scanlan
  • Natalie Smith
  • Warren Potent

The winner of the Ashley Adams? Perpetual Trophy as 2015 Athlete of the Year is: James Willett.

Apart from an outstanding year of performances culminating in him winning the Male Shooter of the Year, James has also been voted by his peers as the fairest and best. James epitomises the type of athlete that best represents Australia, that is, he is always respectful, demonstrates wonderful sportsmanship and is a great ambassador for the sport of shooting and for Australia. James is always polite and his wonderful laid back personality means he is willing to speak to anyone and in fact often goes out of his way to have conversations. When you leave a conversation with James you always feel a sense of genuine care and interest and it is no wonder his peers have voted him as the fairest and best athlete of 2015.

Congratulations James!


Male Shooter of the Year

Presented by John Coates?, President, AOC, the nominees are:

  • Dane Sampson
  • James Willett
  • Jack Rossiter

The winner of the 2015 EAD Shooter of the Year Award is: James Willett.

In his first year of ISSF International competition James had an outstanding year. He made a WC final at his first attempt and was the highest place Australian Athlete at the SG World Champs finishing 4th. At this competition James was a Junior competing in the Senior Competition. James set a new Jr Wold record for double trap during 2015 and won the Oceanic Championship securing the quota place for Australia for the Rio Olympics. After only 1 year of competition he is currently ranked 5th in the world and his rise and performances have been remarkable.

Congratulations James!


Female Shooter of the Year

Presented by Fiona De Jong, CEO, AOC, the nominees are:

  • Laetisha Scanlan
  • Lalita Yauhleuskaya
  • Aislin Jones

The winner of the 2015 Female Shooter of the Year Award is: Laetisha Scanlan.

Laetisha achieved  a Silver medal  at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Acapulco, Mexico & won a coveted Rio Quota Place; she came 5th at the 2015 ISSF Shotgun World Championship and 4th at the 2015 ISSF World Cup Final; and she continues to cement her place amongst the elite female trap shooters in the world.

Congratulations Laetisha!


Shooter of the Year - Elite Athlete with a Disability

Presented by Glenn Tasker?, President, APC, the nominees are:

  • Natalie Smith
  • Bradley Mark
  • Libby Kosmala

The winner of the 2015 EAD Shooter of the Year Award is: Natalie Smith.

Natalie has had an outstanding 2015 and continues to show why she is one of the best shooters in the world. She is currently ranked number 1 in the world in two of her four events and she will be a major player in Rio.

Congratulations Natalie!


Volunteer of the Year

Presented by Rod Sampson, ?President, Target Rifle Australia, the nominees are:

  • Anne Bugden
  • Jim Bailey
  • Charlie Kiewiet
  • Vince Gatt

The winner of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award is: Anne Bugden.

Nothing is ever too much for Annie and on any given day she is prepared to assist with obtaining rifles and gear from the lock-up cupboards, help to align wheelchair shooters on the line, load rifles for the severely disabled, coach others, fill cylinders with air, organise food for lunches (out of her own pocket) and at the end of the day assists the athletes to put gear away. When she isn’t assisting the Shooting Australia Para-Shooters squad, Annie can be found assisting wherever she is needed, be it the kitchen at the TRA Nationals, ensuring Volunteers have bottled water at events, picking up athletes or officials from the airport or preparing accreditations and welcome packs.

 Congratulations Anne!


Official of the Year

Presented by Ray Andrews?, President, Pistol Australia, the nominees are:

  • Margaret Baker
  • Gleniss Lawrence
  • Alexander Maranik

It's a tie! The co-winners of the 2015 Official of the Year Award are: Margaret Baker and Alexander Maranik. 

In her role as the PSQ Officials Co-ordinator Margaret has earned the respect of pistol shooting officials throughout Queensland for her knowledge, attitude and ability. She has responsibility for the training and supervision of all the range officers and Judges in the state. Marg has worked hard to ensure all officials are kept up to date and have the opportunities to grow and expand their knowledge and experience. She is responsible for organizing training courses for new range officers in Queensland and often conducts them herself. She has also actively sought out candidates for judge training. You can find Margaret officiating, mentoring Officials or simply filling any role at just about every competition in Queensland. 

Alex has been a Shooting Official for over 30 years holding a range of key positions and is currently the Chairman of the TRA Technical committee.  He is extremely committed to the education of new and existing Technical Officials not only within NSW but around Australia and has also been conducting Range Officials courses for the past 8 years. In 2015 Alex was a nominated member of the Rifle Jury at the IPC Shooting World Cup and Oceania Continental Championships in Sydney and volunteered his time to many NSW, TRA and SA events including, TRA National Championships, NSW State Championships and Enduro  Australia Cups, SA International Grand Prix and SA Youth Championships. 

 Congratulations Margaret and Alexander!


Coach of the Year

Presented by Gordon Duncan?, Chairman, NRAA, the nominees are:

  • Jim Bailey, NRAA
  • Anne Bugden, Queensland Target Sports / Target Rifle Australia
  • Alex Kupke, Burdekin Pistol Club; Pistol Shooting Queensland; Pistol Australia

The winner of the 2015 Coach of the Year Award is: Anne Bugden.

Anne has been judged as Coach of the Year for her endless and tireless contribution to coaching and helping athletes, particularly our EAD athletes. Anne often travels with the team as the Assistant coach and is always there to assist, care for and coach these athletes. In 2015 Anne attended a number of International and Domestic and competitions and training camps with the SA Parra-Shooting squad, in addition to this she travelled outside of these scheduled team events to assist team members with training and their preparation for major competitions.  All of this was done by Annie as a volunteer, because she cares greatly about the athletes with whom she helps.

Congratulations Anne!


After a greeting from Catherine Fettell?, Board President of Shooting Australia, the first award to be presented is:

Media Award

Presented by Kelly Wright, Marketing & Communications Manager of Shooting Australia, the nominees are:

  • Del Irani?, ABC #TalkAboutIt - MISC feature
  • Wes Cusworth/Tom Kelly?, WIN News Gippsland - Aislin Jones feature
  • Fletcher Doherty?, Prime 7 News – James Willett feature
  • Roje Adaimy?, AAP Newswire

The winner of the 2015 Media Award is: Fletcher Doherty. Congratulations Fletcher!


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