Gold Coast’s shooting stars on target for Tokyo


All three Gold Coast Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallists will feature for Australia in Tokyo after confirmation of their selection onto the Australian Olympic Team.

Triple Commonwealth Games gold medallists Laetisha Scanlan and Daniel Repacholi along with Gold Coast Games winner Dane Sampson head a 15-strong shooting team, of which 11 have previous Commonwealth Games experience.

43-year-old Dina Aspandiyarova makes her second appearance for Australia at the Olympics after competing in three Games for her native Kazakhstan.

The Queenslander won gold in the 10m air pistol pairs in her Commonwealth Games debut for Australia in Melbourne in 2006 an also won silver in Delhi four years later however she missed the team for Glasgow and the Gold Coast.

Skeet shooter Laura Coles won gold in her pet event in Glasgow in 2014 and was on the team on the Gold Coast, where she finished ninth, Coles will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo.

At 37, Repacholi is a veteran of four Commonwealth Games campaigns, debuting at Melbourne in 2006, he has captured three gold and three bronze medals in pistol events.

With his trademark beard and big personality, the father of two was a popular 10m air pistol winner on the Gold Coast and will join an exclusive club of Australian athletes when he lines up for his fifth Olympic team in Tokyo.

Scanlan celebrated her 28th birthday in style on the Gold Coast, shooting a Games record total to win a third consecutive trap shooting gold medal, defending the individual title she won in Glasgow to go with the pairs crown she won in Delhi in 2010.

Sampson won Australia’s first shooting gold of the Gold Coast campaign with his win in the 10m air rifle and will line up in his third Olympics.

Other Gold Coast medallists to shoot their way onto the team in Tokyo include 25m rapid fire pistol silver medallist Sergei Evglevski, who will make his Olympic debut and follow in the footsteps of his mother Lalita Lauhleuskaya, who competed in six Olympic Games for Belarus and Australia and won seven Commonwealth Games gold medals across the Manchester and Melbourne editions.

Evglevski was born in Belarus in 1997, a year before his family moved to Australia. When he was just a toddler his mother won bronze at the Sydney Games for Belarus before becoming an Australian citizen. He was named as the Australian flagbearer at the World University Games in Napoli, Italy last year.

Melbourne-based doctor Elena Galiabovitch won silver and bronze in 2018 in her first international finals in the pistol events and will return for her second Olympics after debuting in Rio.

The announcement of the 11 shooters adds to the twelve track cycling team members who have Commonwealth Games experience on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.

Unfortunately, shooting won’t be on the program for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, however, a Commonwealth shooting and archery championship will be held in Chandigarh, India in January 2022.


2020 Australian Olympic Shooting Team

Name Events Age State Olympic Games Experience Commonwealth Games Experience
Paul Adams Men's Skeet 27 QLD 2nd (2016) 2014 & 2018 - Team Member
Dina Aspandiyarova Women's 10m Air Pistol 43 QLD 4th (2000 for Kazakhstan, 2008, 2012) 2006 - Gold - 10m Air Pistol Pairs; Silver - 10m Air Pistol
2010 - Silver - 10m Air Pistol Pairs; Bronze - 10m Air Pistol
Laura Coles Women's Skeet 32 WA Debut 2014 - Gold - Skeet
2018 - Team Member
Elise Collier Women's 10m Air Rifle 21 VIC Debut
Sergei Evglevski Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 22 VIC Debut 2018 - Silver - 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Elena Galiabovitch Women’s 25m Sports Pistol 30 VIC 2nd (2016)
Thomas Grice Men’s Trap 27 NSW Debut 2018 – Team Member
Alex Hoberg Men’s 10m Air Rifle 18 SA Debut 2018 – Team Member
Katarina Kowplos Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions 18 SA Debut
Daniel Repacholi Men’s 10m Air Pistol 37 NSW 5th (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) 2006 - Gold - 50m Free Pistol Pairs; Bronze - 10m Air Pistol Pairs
2010 - Bronze - 20m Air Pistol
2014 - Gold - 10m Air Pistol; Bronze - 50m Free Pistol
2018 - Gold - 10m Air Pistol
Jack Rossiter Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions 22 SA 2nd (2016) 2014 - Team Member
Dane Sampson Men’s 10m Air Rifle 33 SA 3rd (2012, 2016) 2014 – Team Member
2018 - Gold - 10m Air Rifle
Laetisha Scanlan Women’s Trap 30 VIC 2nd (2016) 2010 - Gold - Trap Pairs
2014 - Gold - Trap
2018 - Gold - Trap
Penny Smith Women’s Trap
James Willett Men’s Trap 24 NSW 2nd (2016) 2018 - Team Member

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australian Medal Tally

Australia finished the Gold Coast 2018 shooting program with nine medals overall: three gold, five silver and one bronze.


Daniel Repacholi – Men’s 50m Free Pistol

Dane Sampson – Men’s 10m Air rifle

Laetisha Scanlon – Women’s Trap



Jim Bailey – Fullbore Rifle Queen’s Prize

Kerry Bell – Men’s 10m Air Pistol

Emma Cox – Women’s Double Trap

Sergei Evglevski – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol

Elena Galaibovitch – Women’s 25m Sport Pistol



Elena Galaibovitch – Women’s 10m Air Pistol



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