The New Zealand shooting team could very well fly under the radar on the Gold Coast and come home with a collection of medals.
No doubt, following her Olympic silver medal at Rio, Natalie Rooney will have the eyes of the country on her again, as she looks to go one better. But there is medal-winning pedigree all the way through the squad, with Delhi gold medallist John Snowden and Glasgow gold medallist Sally Johnson returning for another shot.
The very talented Chloe Tipple has won youth medals in the past and recently scored a podium finish at the World Cup, breaking into the world’s top 10 in the process. Ryan Taylor has two top-10 finishes in 2006 and 2010, and will be better for his poor showing in Glasgow, where he was touted as a medal prospect in the 50m pistol.
Development manager Gavin Paton expects the team to perform above the expectation of two medals.
“This is a strong team, so we’re looking forward to positive results,” he said. “A tough selection process has brought out the best shooters.
“This team has spent a lot of time training, and travelling to competitions and World Cups and events to qualify, so they should be proud of what they’ve achieved already.”
Myles Browne-Cole - trap
Brian Carter - fullbore + fullbore pairs
Owen Robinson - trap
John Snowden – fullbore + fullbore pairs
Ryan Taylor – 50m prone rifle
Scott Wilson – double trap
Ricky Zhao – 50m pistol
Janet Hunt - smallbore 50m prone rifle
Sally Johnston – smallbore 50m prone rifle
Natalie Rooney - trap
Chloe Tipple - skeet