Go Shooting was formed in 1999 by two of the most well-known clay target shooters in the world: Russell Mark, Olympic Gold Medallist and ‘Best in History in Olympic Double Trap’, and Lauryn Mark, triple-Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and dual Olympian. Together, the couple have created Australia’s best clay shooting company, offering not only an understanding of the sport but a memorable experience that everyone can participate in. Russell and Lauryn also offer Coaching sessions for all levels of shooters in a variety of disciplines. Russell rounds off the services provided with his renowned “After Dinner Speaking”.
2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Melbourne Australia
2008 Olympic 5th Place Beijing China
Russell Mark was one of Australia’s four Individual Gold Medallists at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, putting him in the company of Kieran Perkins, Susie O’Neill, and fellow Clay Target Shooter, Michael Diamond. Competing in his third Olympic Games, Russell won the Gold Medal in the Double Trap Competition. The Double Trap Competitor has less than a second to hit two clay targets, 10 centimetres in diameter, flying away from the shooter at 100 kilometres per hour. Russell won his Gold Medal by an incredible six targets from his nearest rival.
Russell’s career has included thirty-nine open Australian Championships, his first as a 16-year-old Junior. With his win in Atlanta, he became the first Shotgun Shooter in the history of the sport to win all four of the World’s Major Individual Titles: The World Cup, The World Cup Final, The World Championship, and The Olympic Games. In October 1992, in Tamworth (NSW), Russell set an all-time Australian Record for the most Clay Targets hit in succession without missing. Over the two-day Trap Shooting Competition, he hit an incredible 1,177 targets in a row.
In 1996, the Sportsmen’s Association of Australia voted Russell Mark their Sportsperson of the Year. In 1997, he was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for Services to Sport going on to win the World Championship in Peru as well as the World Record that same year. Russell is now one of the world’s leading shotgun coaches and has coached Clay Target Shooting across the globe and even to a fellow competitor, The Prince of Brunei.
In 2009, Russell Mark was named by the International Shooting Sports Federation as the greatest ever Double Trap competitor and was named as one of the top 10 greatest marksmen of all time.
Russell competed in 6 Olympic Games (only equestrian competitor Andrew Hoy went to 7) and retired from competitive shooting in 2014.
In 2016, Russell worked as a commentator for Channel 7 at the Rio Olympic Games. In 2019, Russell was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame becoming the only the second shotgun shooter in its history to do so. The other was Donald Mackintosh.
Today, he is married to fellow Olympian and triple Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Lauryn Mark and owns and operates two hotels in his native Hoppers Crossing, in Victoria.
2006 Commonwealth Games Pairs Champion – Melbourne
2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist – Melbourne
2008 Australian National Women’s Champion
2009 Australian National Women’s Champion
2010 Australian National Women’s Champion
2011 Australian National Women’s Champion
2012 Australian National Women’s Champion
2013 Australian National Women’s Champion
In 1999, Lauryn Mark made history by becoming the youngest competitor ever to win the United States Open Women’s Skeet Championship. This win underlined the enormous potential she had shown since first competing as an eleven-year-old in her native California in the United States. Her National Championship also caught the attention of the world’s largest firearm manufacturer, Italian Company Beretta, signing this modern-day “Annie Oakley” to a long-term contract.
Lauryn’s first international competition for the United States was in 1997 at the World Championships in Peru. She went on to compete with distinction, around the world.
Lauryn completed her shooting career for the USA in 2002 and went on to pursue her goals on the Australian team. The 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester was Lauryn’s first real test competing for her newly adopted country. She came through with flying colours winning both the Team and Individual Gold Medals. In the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she neared duplicating her performance four years earlier but after a sudden-death shoot-off for four positions she managed to secure an Individual Silver Medal and a Gold Medal in the Teams event. Her return from the Athens Olympics with a respectable fourth-place finish was only one target short of what was needed to shoot-off for the Olympic Silver and Bronze Medal, which only spurred her on to the London 2012 Olympics, after the birth of her two children in 2005 and 2007.
Business and family have taken precedence since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She now enjoys coaching other athletes in the pursuit of their shooting goals.
Won the Junior Oceania Championships as a 15-year-old
1st at the 2019 National Championships Open, category Sporting
1st at the 2019 National Championships Open, category Compak
Currently ranked 8th in Fitasc World Rankings
Represented Australia numerous times making the last three Open Teams as a 21-year-old
Set a new Junior Women’s record at the 2019 Oceania Games
Junior Mixed Team Finalist at World Championships, South Korea 2018
Women’s Bronze Medal, 2019 National Championships Open
Represented Australia at the Sydney JWC, Germany JWC, and Korea WC in 2018
Daniel started shooting as a sporting clays shooter in the junior ranks in the UK. After a break and resettling in Australia, you will often find Daniel shooting on the Skeet layout at our Werribee venue. Since joining the Go Shooting team in 2019, he is one of our most enthusiastic instructors with a huge and engaging personality.
Accredited Competition Coach (Level 2)
Commonwealth Night Skeet Champion 2009
Queensland State Skeet Doubles Champion 2010
Qualified for Queensland State Ladies teams in all 4 disciplines: DTL, Skeet (10), Olympic Trap, & Sporting
Multiple Queensland State Ladies titles in 3 disciplines.
Triple Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
Dual World Cup Gold Medallist
World ranking of number 2 in 2019
Started shooting in 2008 in Kalgoorlie, WA. Western Australia Representative in the State Ladies Team from 2010 to 2014. In 2015 moved from WA to Victoria to follow her dream of shooting. Since being in Victoria Michelle has been in the South East Zone Ladies Team in 2015 and in 2016 she placed 4th in the Australian Ladies Mackintosh Team. She is still in training for the next chapter in her shooting career.
Returning to shooting in 2015 Adam within a few months went straight to AA Grade Shooting. Taking out many titles along the way. You can find Adam shooting at Clubs all over the country. When asked what some of his shooting highlights are he said:
Taking out the Go Shooting X-Mas shoot the first year as a Go Shooting Instructor against some of the best shooters in the country.
Having the opportunity to introduce new people to the sport and coach alongside some amazing people at Go Shooting,
Meeting and competing in general against high level shooters always makes him smile and enjoy the sport.