Jake Smith

As a freelance social media marketer, copywriter, and journalist I understand the importance of being holistic and adaptable in this digital age. The publishing world continues to evolve so it's crucial to keep on top of trends, remain educated and embrace new challenges. With that said, I am always looking for new opportunities to utilise my skills and share compelling content with the world. My interests are sport (of any and every kind), health and wellness, gen-Y finance, social enterprises and lifestyle. I enjoy the pace and energy of an agency environment and I also like the freedom and solace of working independently. I thrive on research, meeting new people and adhering to a deadline because it allows me to harness my creativity in order to produce quality content in a fast paced environment.

Shooters Takehi and Moriwaki already looking to 2020

Izumi Takehi and Toshio Moriwaki believe that by the time of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, awareness of shooting para-sport in Japan will have reached new levels. Izumi Takehi from Japan competes in the Women's R2-10M Air Rifle Standing SH1 qualification at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall on September 7, 2008 in Beijing, China. © • Getty Images With the Paralympic year underway the hype around Rio 2016 has gone into overdrive, but Japanese shooters Izumi Takehi and Toshio Moriwaki remain fo

No. 19 Most successful shooting Worlds in history

As well as a record number of athletes and countries, IPC Shooting also delivered progress in a number of areas. The record-breaking success of the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany, have made it to No. 19 in the IPC’s Top 50 Moments of 2014. The event, from 18-26 July, boasted 265 athletes from 53 countries, who set nine world records on their road to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Among those successful athletes were two standout performers, Iran’s Sareh Javanmardidodma

Top shooters on their road to Rio 2016

A run-down of the current best pistol and rifle shooters hoping to seal Rio 2016 spots when the first 2015 qualifier gets underway from 10-14 July. With three World Cups complete and the first 2015 direct qualification opportunity for quota spots for Rio 2016 set for Osijek, Croatia, from 10-14 July, the IPC Shooting season is in full swing. The current world rankings (as of 1 June 2015) present a new cream of the crop. Find out who some of the key athletes are heading into the most crucial ph

Skelhon targets “Holy Grail” of shooting titles

The world and European champion is embarking on a two year mission to hold all major titles and will start his preparations at March’s World Cup in Stoke Mandeville. With just days to go until the first IPC Shooting World Cup of the season in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, all eyes will be on local hero Matt Skelhon as he embarks on a two year mission to achieve what he has termed the “Holy Grail” of titles. Last July Skelhon won gold in R6 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1) event at the World Cham

10.9 Tuesdays: Dahl ready to take to podium

US teenager McKenna Dahl is one of her country’s brightest medal hopes in shooting for Rio 2016, and aims to step onto the World Cup podium in 2015. McKenna Dahl of USA competes at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol, 2013 © • USA Shooting The first IPC Shooting World Cup of 2015 kicks off in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, from 26-29 March, and 18-year-old US athlete McKenna Dahl is ready to step up her game in the year before Rio 2016. Dahl recently moved to the Ol

Heart surgery will not affect David’s determination

Hungary’s 2014 Worlds silver medallist underwent a serious operation in February, but is already planning a comeback in July. Hungarian pistol shooter Krisztina David is planning a successful return to the range at the IPC Shooting World Cup Paralympic qualifier in Osijek, Croatia, in July, despite having undergone open-heart surgery in February. The 39 year-old, who won silver in P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) at the 2014 World Championships in Suhl, Germany, is determined to recover as quic

Vadovicova turns up the heat

Slovakian world and Paralympic gold medallist Veronika Vadovicova believes she is improving in all events ahead of the World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. Slovakia's world and European champion Veronika Vadovicova got her season off to a great start in Stoke Mandeville. © • IPC Slovakian world champion Veronika Vadovicova has sent out a warning to the rest of the field ahead of the first IPC Shooting World Cup Paralympic qualifier in Osijek, Croatia. The 32-year-old has claimed that she is getting

Leinonen to prepare at home for Rio 2016

With a place for the next Paralympic Games already secured, the R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2) world champion is focusing on training in Finland. With less than 400 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it is head down, guns up for shooters across the globe. Finland’s world champion Minna is targeting a second shot at Paralympic gold after her debut Games triumph at Athens in 2004, made tantalisingly realistic by her gold medal-winning performance at the 2014 IP

Malyshev launches bid for Paralympic gold

The Russian pistol shooter is more determined than ever to end his silver streak at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Russia's Sergey Malyshev in action during the mixed P3-25m pistol - SH1 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images Russia’s Sergey Malyshev has spoken of his determination to finally reach the top step of the podium at Rio 2016, having won silver at the last two Paralympic Games. Malyshev is one of his country’s most renowned and illustrious pistol shooters and h

Johnson believes New Zealand can increase Rio 2016 squad

Michael Johnson will lead his team to the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, where he has confidence more of his teammates can qualify for the Paralympic Games. Michael Johnson will headline the New Zealand team at the IPC Shooting World Cup event in Sydney. © • Paralympics New Zealand Fresh from a successful whirlwind tour of Europe, New Zealand’s premier shooter Michael Johnson is gearing up for yet another World Cup, but this time he will be competing just a stone’s throw from home. Th

World record for South Korea at shooting World Cup

Australia also secure a quota place at the Rio 2016 qualifier in Sydney, Australia. South Korea's Chul Park, Seakyun Park and Juhee Lee, smashed Russia's eight-year-old P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) world record at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia. © • IPC The South Korean team continued their great performance at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday (16 September), with a new team world record in P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1). The three shooters, Chul Par