Having taken up the sport when she was 12, Catherine Skinner will get the chance to wear the green and gold at an Olympic Games in Rio after establishing herself as one of the world’s leading trap shooters in recent years.
She began shooting in 2006 and competed in her first junior World Cup event soon after. She broke through to win a junior World Cup silver medal at the Munich event in 2010 and progressed onto the senior World Cup circuit a year later.
Skinner claimed Australia’s only shooting medal at the 2013 Summer Universiade when she won trap gold in Kazan, Russia. In what was an impressive year for the Victorian, Skinner also won two silver medals at World Cup events in Nicosia, Greece and Al Ain, UAE. She would return at the 2015 Summer Universiade as the Australian flag bearer to win bronze.
She continued her strong form throughout 2014 to see her finish with bronze at World Cup events in Granada and Tucson setting her up for a big World Championships in Gabala. Skinner qualified through to the final shooting 72/75 and despite narrowly missing the gold medal match she went on to claim bronze and secure Australia a quota for Rio 2016 in the event.
The year also saw Skinner make her Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow 2014. After qualifying for the semi-finals as the highest ranked shooter she just missed the bronze medal match in a shoot-off. Teammate, both in Glasgow and now at Rio 2016, Laetisha Scanlan went on to win gold.
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Mansfield, VIC, Australia
East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 7th (trap) – ISSF World Cup (Baku, Azerbaijan)
- 5h (trap) – ISSF World Cup (Rio, Brazil)
- 21st (trap) – ISSF World Cup (Nicosia,Cyprus)
- 4th (trap) – 2016 Australia Cup 2 (Sydney, Australia)
- 3rd (trap) – 2015 Oceania Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- Finishing third at the 2014 World Championships in Granada to secure Australia an Olympic quota for Rio 2016
- Coming second in Junior Trap at World Championships in Munich 2010.
- Winning gold in the trap at the 2013 World Universiade in Kazan
- Mansfield Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Firbank Grammar (VIC, Australia) Mansfield Secondary School (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Chemical Engineering - RMIT (2008 - 2015)
Greg Chan (2006 - 2007), Valeriy Timokhin (2008 - current)
Melbourne Gun Club, and Frankston Clay Target Club
Primary Training Base
- One pint of Ben and Jerrys Tripe Caramel Choc Chunk for dinner before competition, and PB the next day.
- Favourite food
- Berry Waffles
- Favourite holiday destination
- Somewhere adventerous.
- Dream car
- Aston Martin DB9
- Personal Motto
- Keep Going.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- First Olympic Memory?
- Looking at the medal tally of the Atlanta Olympics and thinking "Shooting? Who does shooting?"
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My father
- Why this sport?
- I got into the sport and kind of rolled with it.