Apr 9, 2009.
Please see the attached State Coach report from Tricia Van Nus.
Highlights: Nationals, TRA matters and Australian Team Members. This is a Acrobat PDF.
Aug 13, 2008.
Robyn Van Nus, a fellow Western Australian is competing in the Beijing Olympics. She is the first Western Australian small-bore rifle shooter to ever attend the Olympics.
You can see information on her competitions here: Robyn Van Nus
Below is a letter from Robyn. We wish her the very best of luck in this years Olympics.
Well, we arrived into Beijing about 10pm on Monday night and after waiting for what seemed like forever for our bags we got through customs relitavely easy. However it was still about 1am before we got into the Athletes Village.
Village security is pretty tight, with every bag being x-rayed as you come in. The Village is absolutely amazing. The Chinese have put a lot of effort into it and there are gardens and fountains everywhere. We are on the 6th floor in the main Australian building and pretty much in the middle of the Villiage. Our room is small but nice. The food is good (although some things in some sections I can't identify) and there's always free McDonalds if its needed.
Day 2 saw us going to get our uniforms. We're fully decked out in green and gold. The formal uniform is really nice (although don't think much of the shoes) and yes I have got my opening ceromony stuff (even though I won't be marching) and no I can't tell you anything about it.
Although I will say I really like it, but it wasn't anything like I was expecting. Three bags full of clothes later we were out of there. The only thing is I think Addidas were a bit tight with there outfitting. All the teams sponsered by them have the same sneakers and a lot of similar shorts/tops, just different colours!!!
I've been to the range yesterday and today and trained. The range is absolutely beautiful and one of the best in the world. Unlike Sydney and most other ranges which are prodominately concrete boxes, China's is inviting and air conditioned!!! All the countries even have their own chill out room. I had a bit of trouble with the smog on the 50m range yesterday but hopefully it will rain the day before my match to clear it up.
Sue and I had a bit of an adventure yesterday. We went into Beijing to pick up some tickets for her family and caught a taxi in, however her husbands Aunty decided it would be easier for us to catch the subway back as there is a newly built "Olympic line". Unfortunately the stop that she thought would be close to the village was actually near the Birdsnest (stunning building by the way, same with the Water Cube. The TV really doesn't do it justice).
We thought we'd catch a taxi from there but could find one as all the roads were blocked off and the helpful Beijing 2008 helper we asked couldn't speak a word of english. After walking around for a while we could see the village in the distance but still no taxi's and roads still blocked off so no hope of finding one) so ended up walking about 5 km back to the Village. Not planning on doing that again in a hurry.
We have our official flag raising ceremony today in a few hours, after that we meet the Prime Minister and have a team reception. Opening Ceremony is tomorrow which I will be watching in the Village and then I shoot on Saturday.
Hope everything is good back home.
Jul 21, 2008.
Newest addition to shooting family.
Lisa and Simon Shaw, Subiaco Smallbore members, are proud to announce the arrival of Lucia Vida Shaw at 17:05 on the 21st of July, 2008. Weight 8lb 6oz. Mother and baby doing well.
Some photos attached here:
Jun 11, 2008.
Possible Easing of NSW Firearms Laws.
Interesting article here on a move to relax firearms laws for shooters in New South Wales. Appears to be aimed at easing restrictions for clubs in particular.
Jun 11, 2008.
Robyn Van Nus Makes Local Paper.
The Western Suburbs Weekly has posted an article in the sports section in the June 3rd issue, 2008. Good article despite mistakes in spelling Robyn's name. Thanks to the Department of Sports and Recreation and Michael Gill from the Western Suburbs Weekly. Opposite the article on Robyn is one on Allana Slater who is competing in pistol. Good to see some support for shooting of late!
May 31, 2008.
Long weekend Northern Districts Championship. (Results here).
Was a great weekend. The weather was much better than in Perth and stayed fine for the weekend despite thunder and lightning threatening during the first evening.
The food was most excellent and a big thankyou is in order to all those who made the weekend the great success it was. Everyone most friendly and the after dinner novelty shoot was great fun. I have heard some people go just for the BBQ but surely fresh prawns and crayfish aren't that tempting?
Also, thanks to the shotgun club for letting some of us camp in their facilities.
Was my first trip to the Geraldton shoot and I will definately try and make it up there next year!
May 13, 2008.
Robyn Van Nus - Beijing Olympics.
Last Friday Robyn Van Nus became Western Australia’s first ever member of an Australian Olympic Rifle Shooting Team.
Robyn’s milestone achievement was finally announced after a long wait since her original nomination by selectors to the Beijing Olympics Shooting Team was followed by a gruelling two month appeal process against their decision.
The West Australian Smallbore Rifle Association (WASRA) congratulates Robyn on her successful selection which comes as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary as a sport in WA.
The full press release is available here for download.
May 08, 2008.
Donnybrook - New club range.
Work is progressing well on the new Donnybrook range. Some photos are included below.
Donnybrook shooters are hoping it will be finished in time for a Christmas opening shoot.
For more information regarding the Donnybrook club and range please see the contacts page.