Catherine SKINNER

Catherine SKINNER
Birth Date:  11 Feb 1990
Place of Birth:  MANSFIELD
Country of birth:  AUS
Age:  28
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  174
Weight (Kg):  80

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
SHO Shooting Women's Trap 8

Catherine SKINNER - Schedule

Time Event Status
Fri, 13 Apr 9:00
Women's Trap Qualification

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Trap Women 5

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Trap Women 1

World Championships
2017 Moscow, RUS Trap Women 2
2015 Lonato, ITA Trap Women 37
2014 Granada, ESP Trap Women 3
2013 Lima, PER Trap Women 10
2011 Belgrade, SER Trap Women 5

Nickname: Cat (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)

Drawing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)

Occupation: Engineer (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Education: Engineering (chemical) at RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Languages spoken: English

NATIONAL: Adam VELLA (AUS) (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)

Position style: Right-eye, right-hand (writing left) (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Reason: Picked up the sport as a family activity. "I wanted to beat my brother and dad." (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Ambition: "Get another gold at major international competitions to get a full set of gold medals." (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Memorable: Winning gold medal in women's trap at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Hero: English explorer and writer Mary KINGSLEY, as she is fearless and ahead of her time. (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Influence: Mother Anne and father Ken (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Ritual: "Ben & Jerry's ice cream the night before a competition." (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)
Additional information

Made the final at Rio 2016 Olympic Games after a final-place shoot-off with Cynthia MEYER (CAN), then set an Olympic record of 14 out of 15 in the semifinal, and came from two shots down against Natalie ROONEY (NZL) to win gold. (, 2014;, 8 Aug 2016)

"I've had plenty of awkward questions about guns, where people just assume that I was out killing things. We do use it for a genuine sport. It is a skilled sport. You don't understand how difficult and mental this sport is." (The West Australian, 9 Aug 2016)

Received medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017. (, 26 Jan 2017)

Took seven years to complete four-year chemical engineering degree in 2015, following a three-and-a-half year break to continue shooting. (Athlete, 7 Jul 2017)

Finished fifth in the trap final at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after qualifying first, having struggled with the pressure. Volunteered for an Australian Institute of Sport career development program as a way of creating a Plan B to help her perform at Rio 2016 Olympics. The program pairs business executives with elite female athletes for a year of cross-mentoring. In November 2015, SKINNER was paired with Louis WHANT, a hot coil pressing and dispatch manager at BlueScope's Port Kembla plant. Through the program, SKINNER recognised her skills were transferable to the corporate world, reassuring her of a career once shooting is over. Went into Rio 2016 more grounded than in 2014, and has the confidence to pursue the business opportunities that have arisen for her as an Olympic athlete. (The Australian, 17 Nov 2017)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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