Australian Tokyo Olympic Games team member, Elise Collier, will make a welcome appearance at the Target Rifle Victoria State Championships to be held at Melbourne International Shooting Club on Saturday and Sunday.
Collier will compete in the 10m Air Rifle, 50m Rifle Prone, and 50m Rifle 3 Positions events.
The Melbourne-based Collier has been unable to compete with and against her Tokyo Games Rifle team-mates, Dane Sampson, Jack Rossiter, Alex Hoberg and Katarina Kowplos, this season because of Covid-19 restrictions.
While Collier will compete at the MISC Range, Sampson, Rossiter, Hoberg and Kowplos will compete remotely from the Wingfield Range in Adelaide.
Collier, who will compete in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the Tokyo Olympics, will add a further high competitive element to the mixed gender 10m Air Rifle event on Saturday with the best eight qualifiers advancing the final.
The quality of the event will be further heightened with the inclusion of leading Para Rifle athletes Glen McMurtrie and 2012 London Paralympic Games bronze medallist, Natalie Smith. McMurtrie and Smith will both compete remotely from the Brisbane International Shooting Centre.
Tori Rossiter, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games representative, has enjoyed a tremendous 2021 Performance Series to date and has proven herself the athlete to beat in the 10m Air Rifle this Saturday.
Rossiter tops the 10m Air Rifle event Performance Series leaderboard on 58 points, ahead of Sampson (50 points) and Michael Davis and Jack Rossiter (both 46 points).
Sampson has the chance to extend his lead in the 50m 3 Positions and 50m Prone Performance Series leaderboards this weekend.
In the 3P event, Sampson (50 points) enjoys a 15 point lead over Davis and Jack Rossiter (both 35 points), while in the 50m Prone Rifle event, Sampson (45 points) heads Jack Rossiter (40 points) and Davis (35 points).
The Performance Series leaderboards can be viewed at 2021 Performance Series Leaderboard – Rifle – Shooting Australia .
The TRV Championships is also the first of five Rifle selection events for the Junior World Championships scheduled to be held in Peru in September and October.
The Junior World Championship selection criteria can be viewed at Selection Information – 2021 ISSF Junior World Championships – Shooting Australia .