• Rio Bound: Aislin Jones is presented her boarding pass at the Australian Olympic Games Shooting Team Selection Announcement. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Australia’s shooting representatives were announced on to the Olympic Team at a selection event in Sydney on Friday. 16-year-old Aislin Jones received her ticket to Rio and with it a place in Australian Olympic history.
By
Sarah Leach

Source:
Zela, Australian Olympic Team
12 Apr 2016 - 7:24 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2016 - 7:30 PM

Skeet shooter Aislin Jones will make history in Rio as she becomes Australia’s youngest ever Olympic shooter.

At 16 years and 181 days when the Games kick-off on August 5, Jones will easily sets a new mark after Anne Marie Forder's appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Games as an 18-year-old.  

“It’s pretty exciting to know that I’ll be the youngest Olympic shooter for Australia,” Jones said.

“I’ve been dreaming of going to an Olympics for a few years now and to have the words written down on paper ‘you’ve been selected for Rio’ is amazing.”

Belarussian born, and Sydney 2000 bronze medalist Lalilta Yauhleuskaya is remarkably going to her sixth Olympics (four for Australia), and Elena Galiabovitch will join Yauhleuskaya, making up the pistol shooters. Jennifer Hens makes up the rifle representatives.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlan received her boarding pass, as did world championship medallist Catherine Skinner.

Scanlan has already had success on the world stage and will look to help her country return to the Olympic podium after Australia missed a medal for the first time since Atlanta 1996 at the London Games four years ago.

“It’s a massive honour to make any Australian Team let alone an Olympic Team,” said the 25-year-old from Melbourne. 

With 119 days until the Opening Ceremony in Rio the Australian Team now totals 85 athletes from seven sports.  

Shooting Section of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team

Elena Galiabovitch, 26, 10m Air Pistol and 25m Pistol

Lalita Yauhleuskaya, 52, 10m Air Pistol and 25m Pistol

Jennifer Hens, 29, 10m Air Rifle

Aislin Jones, 16, Skeet

Laetisha Scanlan, 25, Trap