Laetisha Scanlan will make her Olympic debut when she lines up at Rio 2016 in the trap, having just missed out on qualifying for the London Games - despite shooting an Australian record 74/75 targets midway through 2012.
She won her first World Cup in 2013 when she took out the Al Ain event in the UAE and has gone from strength-to-strength since. The following year saw Scanlan secure three top-10 finishes on the 2014 World Cup circuit which included winning World Cup gold in Tucson, USA.
Having won 2010 Commonwealth Games trap pairs gold in Delhi she returned to win individual gold at Glasgow 2014. Scanlan benefited by the new rules that will make their Olympic debut in Rio which see scores reset for the final and gold and bronze medal playoffs. Scanlan was five points behind teammate Catherine Skinner after the qualification round but shot 14 of 16 targets to make the gold medal match where she won by a single shot.
Scanlan secured the second available women’s trap quota for Australia when she won silver at the 2015 Acapulco World Cup in Mexico. She just missed out on a medal at the 2015 World Championships. Having progressed through to the finals with a score of 70/75 she scored 10/15 to just miss the bronze medal match.
Off the range Scanlan has completed a degree in journalism and is an ambassador for the Bully Zero Australia Foundation.
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Oakley, VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 4th (trap) - 2016 ISSF World Cup (Baku, Azerbaijan)
- 6th (trap) - 2016 ISSF World Cup (Rio, Brazil)
- 9th (trap) - 2016 ISSF World Cup (Nicosia, Cyprus)
- 3rd (trap) – 2016 Australia Cup 2 (Sydney, Australia)
- 5th (trap) – 2015 Oceania Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- Shooting 74 of 75 targets to claim the Australian record and get within 1 target of the world record in Perth, 2012.
- Commonwealth Games Gold in Glasgow, Scotland 2014
- Multiple World Cup winner
- St Margarets School (VIC, Australia)
- Haileybury College (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) - Monash University (2008 - 2010)
Valeriy Timohkin (2008 - current)
Frankston Australian Gun Club
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Greek Islands
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Personal Motto
- I believe that everything happens for a reason. And hard work pays off.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- ears pierced
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Modern pentathlon