Who Am I?

After a lifetime of contribution to the Melbourne International Shooting Club and the preceding Pistol Shooting Organisations and to the wider Australian and International competitive shooting field, Tibor Gonczol has been awarded with an Order of Australia Medal in the recently announced Australia Day honours list.

Tibor is a dedicated and passionate contributor to our sport.  His commitment is genuine and his time commitment has been above and beyond expectations we may hold for any club member. His contribution to the sport has been across all areas as a:
–    Competitor;
–    Coach;
–    Technical delegate to the world body International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF);
–    Team official;
–    Competition official; and
–    Club member – President – to this day.

In the lead up year or so before and particularly in the six months up to the March 2006 Commonwealth Games, Tibor’s commitment was full time and then some.  He was part of the committee tasked to bring the club up to world standards and host the Commonwealth Games.  His was an unpaid role and was to ensure as far as possible that the “Games” went ahead without issues of an organisational or technical nature being raised.  I spent the month of March on the range and can report that no issues of any substance were raised by competitors nor officials in the lead up practice days (5), followed by the lead up competitions (5 days), then the 10 days of the Commonwealth Games.  A magnificent feat.

To get to this point, Tibor’s long time world wide experience, technical knowledge and understandings of major world standard events, gave him a vision long ago that put us in a position superior to any other club in Melbourne to host the Commonwealth Games.  14 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the pistol and rifle winners at our club.  In recognition of his stature within the sport Tibor was asked and did present some of the winners with their gold medals as the events were decided.

His abilities and repute is international as I believe he holds three prestigious awards for his dedication to Shooting by the U.I.T. now known as International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for his Technical and Coaching expertise and achievements.  Tibor was awarded a ‘Master of Sport’ award by Hungary, which tells me his achievement has been very significant on an international level.

The State shooting body, the Victorian Amateur Pistol Association granted Tibor Honorary Life membership long ago as did Melbourne International Shooting Club Inc. Tibor has been quite selfless in all of his time as a club member.

Below is a quick summary of his history:

Competitive Experience

Prior to coming to Australia – Member of Hungarian International Team 1952 – 1955
Member of State Teams    – 1958 to 1974
Member of Australian Shooting Team at many events including:

World Championships – Cairo – 1962
Olympic Team – Tokyo – 1964
World Championships – Wiesbaden – 1966
Asian Championships – Tokyo – 1967
World Championships – Phoenix – 1970

Contribution to the sport and its development:

Coaching Qualifications:
A.C.C. Level High Performance Coach (Level 4)
U.I.T. International Coach (highest level)

Coaching Experience:

National Coach – Pistol Australia 1973 – 1994
National Training Squad and National Team Coach 1976 – 1987
Director National Coaching Council 1973 – 1994
International Shooting Union Training Academy (Consulting Member).
Coach of Indian National Team 1993 – 1997

Coach / lecturer at Olympic Solidarity Coaching courses in Italy & Germany including assisting setting up of the National Coaching Systems in New Zealand, P.N.G. India, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, W. Samoa.

Sport Administration Contribution:

Club Level

Club Captain  Melbourne Pistol Club 1960 – 1975
President  Springvale International Shooting Club 1974 – 1977
President Melbourne International Shooting Club 1977 – Present

State Level

 Delegate Australian Pistol Shooting Union Australia 1962 – 1981
 Executive Member Victorian Amateur Pistol Association 1964 – 1980
Delegate Victorian Olympic Council 1967 – 1980

National Level

 Australian Shooting Association – Delegate 1962 – 1983
 National Coaching Council – Member  1968 – 1993
 National Coach  1968 – 1993
 Director  National Coaching Council  1974 – 1985
 Chairman  A.S.A. Couching Council  1978 – 1985
 Chairman  1985 – 1997
 Australian Coaching Council  Accredited Level 3 Coach 1981 – 1995
 Australian Coaching Council  High Performance Coach 1995 – today
National Referee 1974 –

International Level

International Judge “A” (Pistol and Rifle) 1972-2006
President Technical Committee – Oceania Shooting Federation 1970-1997
Member of the International Shooting Union (U.I.T. – now the I.S.S.F.) 1972-1997
U.I.T. Delegate 1972-1997
Coach Indian National Team 1993-1997
Coach New Zealand Team 1997

Australian Team Official

Manager National Team Training Squad APSUA 1976 – 1986
Shooting Manager Commonwealth Games NZ 1974
Pistol Team Manager World Championships Thun 1974
Pistol Team Manager World Championships Korea 1978
Pistol Team Manager World Championships Korea 1979
Pistol Team Manager World Championships Dominica 1980
Pistol Team Manager Benito Juarez Competition        Mexico 1980
Pistol Team Manager World Championships Caracus 1982
Shooting Team Coach Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982
Pistol Team Man / Coach Oceania Competition NZ 1984
Pistol Team Man / Coach Air Gun World Championships    Mexico 1985
Pistol Team Man / Coach International Competitions        USA 1985
Pistol Team Coach European Shooting Week        Europe 1986
Pistol Team Coach Commonwealth Games Edinburgh 1986
Pistol Team Coach World Cup Matches            Seoul 1987
Pistol Team Man / Coach Air Gun World Championships    Hungary 1987
Pistol Team Coach Oceania Championships        N.Z 1988
Shooting Team Coach Olympic Games            Seoul 1988