Coming off the back of a successful 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, World Shooting Para-sport has revealed the host of the 2019 edition – Sydney, NSW.
The 2019 World Championships, to be organised by Shooting Australia, will be held less than a year out from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and will be World Shooting Para-sport’s largest quota allocation event for those Games.
They will also be the first Para-shooting event to combine the rifle, pistol and trap disciplines. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved Para-trap as an official discipline under World Shooting Para-sport last year.
Manager of World Shooting Para-sport, Tyler Anderson, said: “After a successful event in Cheongju, we now turn our sights to the 2019 World Shooting Para-sport Championships, to take place in Sydney, Australia. This is planned to be our most marquee event ever outside of the Paralympic Games, with our new World Championships structure, and it carries great significance with less than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“The Sydney International Shooting Centre and Shooting Australia have an excellent reputation for hosting world-class events. With a newly renovated venue and experienced staff, we are thrilled to offer 54 quotas and 54 chances for athletes to chase their Paralympic dream.”
Sydney hosted a Para-shooting World Cup in 2015, which provided direct quota allocations to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and the 2019 World Championships will be held in the shooting range used at the 2000 Paralympic Games.
Damien Marangon, Chief Executive Officer of Shooting Australia, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Sydney 2019 World Shooting Para-sport Championships.
“This is a critical event in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. We look forward to delivering a world-class event and to welcoming our shooting Para-sport friends and family from across the globe to what promises to be an amazing event.
“We’ve got a great venue, a great location, and we can’t wait to host the World Championships here in 2019.
“We’re really excited and lucky to have been at the 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, and we learned a lot. They did a great job. just in terms of how smooth it went and other areas such as transport, and we were there to take away some things that could make our World Championships even better.”
Cheongju 2018 was the sixth edition of the Para-shooting World Championships, and saw 220 athletes from 46 countries compete across 13 individual Paralympic medal events from 4-11 May.
The Australian team won team silver in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1.
By the IPC