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4th June 2019

Renae Jones to represent Australia in Shooting

Renae Jones, pictured left, with her sister Aislin, who will also compete in Italy and Germany this July.

Renae Jones has been named as one of three junior women in the Australian team to compete at the Junior World Championships in Lonato, Italy, followed by the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany in July. Renae will be joined by her sister Aislin (class of 2018)  who has also been announed as an Australia representative in the competition.  

After a week of training in Todi in the Umbria region of Italy, Renae will join her team in Lonato, on the banks of Garda Lake in northern Italy. The host club for this World Championships is Tiro A Volo Concaverde – a mecca for international clay target shooting athletes. 

Renae will compete in the Junior Women’s ISSF Trap event, with Kiara Dean from Echuca and Alexis Preston from Melbourne who also representing Australia. 

At the conclusion of the World Championships Renae will travel with the team to Suhl, Germany where she will compete in a Junior World Cup, also in ISSF Trap. 

Renae has spent three years competing in clay target shooting, trying a variety of disciplines from simulated field, to skeet and ultimately decided to compete in trap. She was selected to the Gippsland Sports Academy’s Junior Development Squad in competitive selections at the end of 2017 and spent 2018 being coached with 4 others from across Gippsland by Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and internationally renowned coach, Russell Mark.

During 2018 Renae tried shooting what is known as ISSF or Olympic Trap, first at the National Championships, and then at several other events through the year. ISSF Trap is different to domestic trap in that the targets are travelling approximately 100-105kmh, rather than 60kmh. In addition to speed difference, domestic trap targets are all thrown at the same height varying only +/-22 degrees from centre, where Olympic Trap targets vary in height as well as travelling +/- 45 degrees left to right. As with any Olympic discipline it is the hardest version of the sport of trap shooting that there is.

In 2018 Renae shot as a “filler” (non-competing athlete) at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney. She also competed at the 2019 National Championships in Brisbane in both Women’s ISSF Trap and in Mixed ISSF Trap Teams with William Freni-Lizzi from WA. In the first event of the week Renae shot 108/125 to make the open women’s final. Her score qualified her to be considered for selection for international events. Renae & William made both the finals for the two Teams events and took a bronze medal home. 

In February Renae won the bronze medal at the Sydney Cup. She continues to work with Russell Mark to develop in what is a very challenging discipline.

We wish Renae the best of luck in her International competitions and look forward to updates.