Origin of the sport

Practised in European countries for hundreds of years some German shooting clubs date back more than 500 years. The sport grew in popularity in the English-speaking countries with the formation of the National Rifle Association in 1859 and the National Rifle Association (USA) in 1871. Shooting was part of the inaugural modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 and the sport has featured at every Olympic Games with the exception of 1904 and 1928. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) was formed in 1907 and stages a quadrennial ISSF World Championships. 

How does it work?

On the Olympic programme shooting events are divided into three different events groups; rifle, pistol and shotgun. The rifle and pistol competitions are held on shooting ranges, where marksmen aim at targets at distances of 10m, 25m and 50m with the aim to accumulate the best score. A shooting target is made of black-on-white cardboard and is composed of a bullseye (black) and several concentric circles. Competitors shoot from four positions with the rifle – prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. In the shotgun event, competitors shoot at clay targets propelled at a series of different directions and angles.

Format at World Masters Games 2017

The World Masters Games 2017 will stage six different clay target events. The first three days of the programme will be ISSF events - trap and skeet (the two versions which are also contested at the Olympics Games).

DTL (down the Line) will be contested over the following four days. These events will be; 100 target American skeet, 100 target single rise, 100 target points score finishing with 100 target single barrel.

The ISSF events will be divided into two age categories; men and women 30-49 and 50+. The DTL and American skeet events will be divided into age divisions of 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ for both men and women.

Expected number of competitors:150

Venue: Waitemata Clay Target Club

Kiwi Legend

Greg Yelavich

The Aucklander boasts an unprecedented career of success in the sport for a New Zealander, snaring 12 Commonwealth Games medals spanning seven editions of the event. Yelavich made his Commonwealth debut at the age of 29 and took two gold medals in the 10m air pistol and 50m free pistol events as well as a bronze in the 10m air pistol (pair) at the 1986 Edinburgh Games. His success has continued with the last of his Commonwealth medals secured with silver in the Centre Fire Pistol (Pairs) event. He also represented his country at two Olympic Games and received an MBE for services to the sport in 1995.

Did you know?

That shooting derived from field shooting and clubs were formed so that people could participate in shooting sports without having to be able to access private properties to participate in this sport.

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