Two medals for Aislin Jones at Championships
Olympic skeet shooter, Aislin Jones of Lakes Entrance, has come home with silver and bronze medals from championships at the new Commonwealth Games shooting range in Brisbane.
Report by Dave Jones, Bairnsdale Field & Game
Lakes Entrance Olympian, Aislin Jones has returned home from last weeks test events on the new purpose built range for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as a dual medalist.
The Commonwealth Shooting Federation held it’s Championships in Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun at the new faculties in Belmont, Brisbane over 8 days attracting shooters form around the globe for the event. The Oceania Region also used the event to concurrently run its 2018 championship.
The caliber of the entrants was impressive and while not attracting all the nations who will participate in April, it certainly set to show that these games will be a showcase of some of the world’s best, particularly in the Shotgun disciplines.
The field in the a Commonwealth Shooting Federation Women’s Skeet Final included three Olympians & two Commonwealth Games medalists.
Athletes participated in the championships from a diverse range of countries & continents. All who participated were impressed by the standard of the new range, with English coach Christian Schofield declaring it to be the best in the World at this time.
Jones tied with Chloe Tipple (NZ) & Alexandra Skeggs of Northern Island in the top qualifying positions before the finals - all three finishing on 69/75.
Leading the finalists mid way through the final, an unscheduled pause to address an issue with the targets saw Jones break concentration in the first ten targets once competition resumed dropping to third. Unable to regain the lead Jones finished with a Bronze Medal, to fellow Olympians Chloe Tipple (NZ) Silver & Amber Hill (ENG) on top of the podium.
Jones again reinforced her dominance in this region of the world, taking the top qualifying position into the Oceania event final. In the 60 target final to decide the Oceania Region Championship Jones finished tied with 2014 Glasgow Gold Medalist, Laura Coles on 51/60. Tipple from NZ finished with bronze, while Coles & Jones went into a sudden death shoot off to decide gold. The shoot off lasted 6 pairs off three stations with Coles claiming the gold 11/12 to Jones 10/12.
In other events Ben Llewellin representing Wales shot an equal World Record 59/60 in the Men’s final to take gold in the Commonwealth Championship, proving the quality of the facility to be equal to the best ranges in the World.
Australia’s Paul Adams finished with bronze, while Gippsland Olympian Keith Ferguson finished just off the podium in 4th.
In Women’s Trap Laetisha Scanlan of Berwick in Melbourne’s South East set a new Oceania Record shooting 74/75 in qualifying. Scanlan went on to gold medal both championships for the women’s trap - the only dual gold medalist for the series.
Jones remains the only Skeet athlete in either men or women’s to have assured their qualification for the 2018 Australian Gold Coast Team. She now waits for the final Team announcement in December to find out who her team mates will be.