Chao, Avianna – Shooting
Born: 03 May 1975 – Wuhan, China
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Residence: Toronto, Ontario
Height: 173 cm / 5’8”
Weight: 67 kg / 147 lbs
Coach(es): Patrick Haynes
On team since: 2003
Club: CNRA Handgun Club
?Her gold medal in the air pistol at the 2007 Pan Am Games gave Canada its berth into the 2008 Olympic Games
?A 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist (25m pistol pairs)
?First international competition was the 2003 USA World Cup in 2003 at Fort Benning, Georgia
?Became involved in the sport initially to support her fiancé, Patrick Haynes, who was trying out for the national disabled shooting team (he is now her personal coach and the national team coach)
?Moved to Canada from China at age 11
?Many family members from China will watch her from the stands in Beijing
?Her hero is her mom, Lien Chao, who came to Canada with only $100 in her pocket, was able to provide countless opportunities and unwavering support (and has also gone on to obtain her PhD, work with the Toronto District Board of Education and author several books)
?Offering continuing support, her mother took a year off work and is helping with her with fundraising and media assistance prior to the Olympic Games
?Attended the University of Toronto on a scholarship and graduated as an engineer
?Would like to excel as a computer engineer
?Loves to watch and play basketball (but wishes she were better at it)
?Speaks English and Mandarin
?2007 Pan Am Games – 10m Air Pistol – 1st
?2006 Commonwealth Games – 25m Pistol Pairs – 3rd
?2005 Championship of the Americas – 10m Air Pistol Team – 1st
?2005 Pan American Championships – 25m Sport Pistol – 4th; 10m Air Pistol – 5th
?2003 Pan Am Games – 25m Pistol – 4th
25m Pistol Women
The program consists of a combination of 30 precision shots and 30 rapid-fire shots, at a distance of 25 meters. The center of the target is 50 mm in diameter for the precision stage. Six series of five shots each must be completed, each series in five minutes. In the rapid fire stage the target has a center of 100 mm and six series of five shots each must be completed with three seconds allowed for each shot with a break of seven seconds in between. The pistol used is of 5.6 mm (.22 Long Rifle) caliber capable of firing five shots. A maximum weight of 1400 grams is specified and minimum triggers pull weight of 1000 grams. The pistol grip has various restrictions on shape and dimensions and must not touch any part of the wrist. The pistol must be capable of fitting into a box 300 x 150 x 50 mm with a tolerance of 1.0 mm in each direction. Only “open” sights are permitted –see pistol sights.
In the Final of the eight best shooters, four series of five shots each are completed in the rapid fire stage. The shots are evaluated in decimal tenths. The scores of the “Qualification program” and the Final are added together to determine the winners.
10m Air Pistol Men and Women
Air Pistols are 4.5mm (.177”) with a maximum weight of 1500 g from which the pellet is propelled by air either by an external level or by pre-compressed air or CO2 cylinder. The trigger pull must be a minimum of 500 g. The pistol grip must not go past the hand nor touch any part of the wrist, and has other restrictions on shape and dimensions and the pistol must be capable of fitting into a box of 420 x 200x 50mm. Only “open” sights are permitted – see pistol sights. The match is shot, single-handed, in the standing position at a distance of 10 meters, and the centre of the target is 11.5 mm in diameter. The time limit for men with any number of sighting shots and the 60 competition shots is 105 minutes. For women, 40 shots must be fired within 75 minutes.
The final of the best eight consists of 10 shots within 75 seconds per shot, and the score is evaluated in tenths. The final result is added to the score of the qualification program.