At just 17 years and 133 days trap shooter Mitchell Iles will become Australia’s third youngest ever shooting athlete to compete at an Olympic Games. Only Rio 2016 teammate Aislin Jones will be younger.
Iles first started shooting when he was 12 after his grandfather and he followed his grandfather, Australian shooting legend Bill, into the sport. He went on to compete at his first Australian Championships in early 2015 where he won the junior event after just four months in the trap discipline.
At his first Junior World Championships in 2015 Iles shot a qualification score of 114/125 to reach the final and eventually finish fifth in Lonato, Italy.
Since November, Iles has hit two world class qualification scores of 122/125 and one of 121/125 to prove he can match it with the best trap shooting has to offer.
He highlighted his unique talent when he won the 2014 ZZ World Championship (simulated pigeon shooting) having not participated in it before. Although he wasn’t overly keen on competing in the event, his grandfather Bill encouraged him to and went on to become the youngest ever winner of the event.
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Carlton, VIC, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 23rd - 2016 ISSF World Cup (San Marino, San Marino)
- 2nd - Australia Cup 2 (Adelaide, South Australia)
- 4th - Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar)
- 5th - 2015 Junior World Championships (Lonato, Italy)
- 4th – 2015 ISSF Junior Cup (Suhl, Germany)
- Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Winning the Hellis ZZ Shooting 2014 World Championships - simulated pigeon shooting
- Winning the New Zealand National single barrel and points score Championshiops
- Hurstbridge Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Diamond Valley College (VIC, Australia)
Billy Iles (2011 - current)
Melbourne Gun Club
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Michael Diamond winning 2000 to defend gold
- First Olympic Memory?
- Steven Bradbury
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Billy Iles
- Why this sport?
- Followed my grandfather into the sport