Olympic superstars Aislin Jones and Laetisha Scanlan are both attending the SSAA SHOT Expo in Melbourne this month. Skeet shooter, Aislin, now 17, made history at the Rio Olympics when she became Australia’s youngest ever Olympic shooter. Laetisha, 27, competed in trap shooting at Rio alongside now Gold medallist and teammate Catherine Skinner.
The inspiring sportswomen will be at the Beretta stand meeting fans during the SSAA SHOT Expo. Aislin is attending on Saturday and Laetisha on Sunday, which gives all members a great excuse to attend both days.
Along with Olympians, other familiar faces will be attending Australia’s largest shooting, hunting and outdoor trades event. A succession of hunting celebrities will be presenting at the new outdoor SSAA Field to Fork stage throughout the weekend.
Hunting the Menu’s Corey Wilson and Hunt, Catch Cook’s Jason Spencer are both doing solo cooking demonstrations each day of the Expo. The timing is great for Jason, who has just released his second book – Passing down Tradition – which is all about cooking traditional game recipes with kids and passing on those recipes to the next generation. Dodge from Raptorazor Australia is also doing caping and butchering-in-the-field demonstrations. Dodge will be teaching visitors how to use a variety of knives and techniques.
For a bit of variety, Snake Consultant Mark “The Snake Hunter” Pelley will be taking to the “SSAA Field to Fork stage” throughout the weekend. His talk, Venomous snakes on the trail, will explore most common snakes found in Victoria when hunting, what not to do if you see a snake when hunting, laws relating to snakes, treating snake bites, and addressing myths and questions.
The “demonstrations and talks stage” inside the main exhibitor hall will include talks about hunting and shooting techniques, political issues and new products.
For people interested in hunting; Game Management Authority staff will be doing an introduction to game hunting in Victoria. Aaron Grant from Chase Game is presenting on Rusa Deer and how to judge antlers for trophy potential while in the field. Beyond the Divide’s Rob Fickling is sharing some behind-the-scenes information about Adventure Hunting and Beyond the Divide TV series.
On a political front, Victorian Senator Bridget Mackenzie is discussing the role of all legitimate, licensed firearm users in upholding the reputation of hunters and sports shooters to the general public. Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm is presenting on the outlook for firearm owners.
Also taking the stage is ADI World Class Powders and Ammunition’s Mark Savage, who is talking about reloading with ADI powders. Ignition Custom Engineering’s Nik Halliwell is exploring custom rifles for performance. Ray Bori from Sportear will be discussing hearing protection. Sam “Rusty” Russell from Impact Dyamics is teaching people how to get into Precision Rifle Shooting. Former Olympic coach Greg Chan, from Beretta Australia, is presenting an engaging talk about ‘the world of Beretta’.
Exhibitor numbers have now surpassed 160 for the Expo, which is just two and a half weeks away. It makes the 2017 Melbourne event the biggest SSAA SHOT Expo ever. Over the coming weeks, more and more exhibitors will be promoting products in the lead up to their attendance. Many big names are preparing to launch new products at the Expo.
Several politicians and friends of the shooting sports were personally invited to attend the Expo, with special VIP tours being arranged for them. Among those attending the event are Leader of the Nationals in Victoria, Peter Walsh; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council, Gordon Rich-Phillips; Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young and Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm. A personal invitation was extending to Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend due to other commitments