On 3 November 2018, Shooting Australia held its annual awards dinner to celebrate the achievements of the top Australian shooters during the previous twelve months.
The High-Performance Athlete of Year Award - Senior Male was awarded to Rod Davies from Cessnock Rifle Club and the Target Sport Athlete of Year Award – Junior Female was awarded to Isabelle Cameron from the Holsworthy Rifle Club.
During the 2017 F-Class World Championships, held at Connaught Rifle Range in Canada, Rod beat more than 400 competitors from 12 countries and was crowned the World Champion for F-Class Open winning with a score of 485.38, three points clear of the nearest competitor. Rod also played a pivotal role in the 10-person team event where the Australian F-Class Open team won the F-Class World Championships. This is the second time that the Australian F-Class Open team has won the World Championships, having previously won in 2013 at Raton, New Mexico, making it two in a row.
In addition to Rod’s international success, he continued his high performance domestically, winning the J G McIntosh at the NSW State Championships, the Hunt series in South Australia, placed second in the SA State Championship and second in the Grand Aggregate and in Victoria, won the State Championship and placed second in the Grand Aggregate.
Isabelle, only 20 years old, has progressed through the NSW Schools Shooting Program. During this time, Isabelle was the top scoring female in the Fiona Reynolds Match in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, Isabelle participated in the National Ladies Teams Championships, winning the President’s Match and has been selected in the Australian Under 21 Rifle Team that will be competing in the World Long Range Championships in Trentham New Zealand.
“The NRAA wishes to congratulate both Isabelle and Rod for their remarkable efforts. They are both true ambassadors of our sport and it is wonderful to see their success rewarded through these awards from Shooting Australia.” – Gordon Duncan, NRAA Chairman
**About the NRAA:*8
The NRAA is the peak body for Full-Bore Long-Range Target Shooting in Australia. It is a full member of ICFRA (International Confederation of Full-Bore Rifle Associations) and participates in ICFRA World Championships – Commonwealth Games – as well as other significant International and National events.
The NRAA governs the safety standards and rules of shooting in all nine States and Territories for full-bore shooting, with more than 281 clubs and over 6,000 members across 9 shooting disciplines.