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YEAR AWARDED

2022

MENTOR

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DATE OF BIRTH

3/09/2003

Renae Jones was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Renae was born in East Gippsland, Victoria, and was just 12 years old when she began shooting in 2015 at Bairnsdale Field and Game Club. She entered her first DTL (Down-The-Line Clay Pigeon Shooting) competition in 2017.

After playing volleyball and competing in team-sport for three years, Renae made the decision try her hand at shooting and, in 2017, took up clay target shooting. Renae often spent her weekends watching her dad and sister, Aislin, compete at the gun club, however, after watching Aislin train and compete for many years, Renae was adamant that she didn’t want to be a competitive shooter – she instead focused her attention on playing volleyball and, in 2016 became the libero of the Victorian U15 Volleyball team.

Renae competed in the State Volleyball competition at the end of 2016. After this competition, Renae turned her focus to DTL trap. After her first competition in 2017, she knew instantly that this was the sport for her and it led to her signing up for local and state competitions in DTL trap.

In 2018, her father encouraged her to compete at the ISSF Nationals in Olympic Trap. Renae loved the challenge and was excited by the future opportunities this Olympic discipline could bring. By the end of 2018, Renae progressed through the Gippsland Sports Academy with coach and Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member, Russell Mark OAM.

2019 was a break-out year for Renae as she represented Australia at her debut international event – the Junior World Championships – and placed tenth at the Junior World Cup, before she set a new Women’s Team Oceania Record on her way to a gold medal at the Oceania Championships.

In 2020, Renae finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympic selection series. In June 2021 she was ranked fifth on the Senior National Ranking List and was the number one ranked shooter on the Junior National Ranking list.

Renae is a rising star in Australian Women’s Trap Shooting and hopes to one day represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship because there have been so many insanely talented and inspiring athletes that have also received this prestigious award. This Scholarship means a lot as it is recognises the dedication and hard work that I have committed to my sport over the past five years. Covid-19 has proved a challenge by preventing competition and training at times however, this recognition inspires me to continue working hard. The Scholarship will assist with many training and competition expenses as well as help fund international travel so I can gain more experience on the world stage. Thank you for this opportunity and congratulations to the other recipients.” – Renae Jones on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.

Achievements

  • 2019: Junior World Cup, Suhl, Germany – 10th
  • 2019: Oceania Championships – gold, Women’s Team and Women’s Team Oceania Record
  • 2019: Junior World Championships, Lonato, Italy – Australian Representative
  • 2020: Australian Tokyo Olympic Selections – 4th
  • 2021: Victorian ISSF State Titles – silver
  • 2021: Victorian Institute of Sport Future Talent Program – inducted

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