Meet the people behind ISSF Academy

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Vesa Nissinen

ISSF Academy Director

Vesa Nissinen (b.1963) is a Finnish leadership professional and sport activist. Combination of practical military pedagogy and academic educational research is the basis of numerous large-scale training and coaching programmes Vesa has planned and executed during his multi-path career. He is the author of 10 books and entrepreneur in many companies. As a national champion and coach in rifle shooting with wide managerial experience Vesa was selected to act as the President of Finnish Shooting Sport Federation in 2017.


John Leighton-Dyson

Head of Training

A lifetime in the sport as athlete, coach and sports director. Coaching athletes since 1980 in Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle. A student of coaching research and development in our sport working to help athletes become the best they can be.

  • National Coach in ITA, DEN and GBR
  • Head Coach GBR Pistol and Rifle
  • Performance Director GBR
  • Technical Director KUW
  • Head Coach Pistol and Rifle FIN
  • Sports Coach of the Year 1995 (UK)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching MMU (UK)


Karoliina Nissinen

Head of Administration

Karoliina is a HR and financial management professional and now also the CEO of Comanleas Inc. She has years of experience in senior HR and finance roles in the legal and defense sectors. Shooting is a hobby and passion for her and now in her calendar, shooting sports fills both work and leisure time. Her dream is to make the ISSF Academy a place that is inclusive, open to everybody and unites the entire international shooting family together.


Anton Belak (SVK)

Rifle Head Instructor

Anton Belak (b.1961) is a Slovak professional shooting coach. He has been shooting for over 50 years. He has been working as a professional trainer for more than 38 years. He is the only coach in the world whose athletes won the ISSF Shooter of the Year title 3 times. As a coach, he participated in 4 Olympic Games. He helped his athletes win Olympic medals, many titles and medals at the World Championships in individual and team competitions, and countless victories and medals at the WC Final, World Cups, European, Asian and Arab Championships. He worked as a national coach in Slovakia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Kuwait. He founded the website In recent years, he has been dedicated to live online training of athletes and online training of coaches.


Elham Hashemi Masoumi (IRI)

  • ISSF Coaching Commission Member
  • IRI National Coach

Ray Kane (IRL)

  • Coach and former member of the national team
  • Multiple participant of the World Military Games
Anjali Bhagwat

Anjali Bhagwat (IND)

  • Chief coach at Anjali Bhagwat Shooting Academy
  • 3x Olympian
  • Ranked Number One in the ISSF World Ranking in 2002
Anna Belakova

Anna Belakova (SVK)

  • Former national coach in Switzerland, Kuwait and Kazakhstan
  • Her shooters won European, Asian and Arab Championships and belonged to top 10 in ISSF ranking.
Andrea Palafox

Andrea Palafox (MEX)

  • Psychologist
  • Trainer and member of the national team
Rashmi Trivedi

Rashmi Trivedi (IND)

  • Trainer and photographer
  • Team assistant

Agathi Kassoumi (GRE)

Pistol Head Instructor

  • 6x Olympian
    • 1x Gold
    • 2x Silver
    • 3x Bronze World Cup Medalist
  • 2x Silver European Champion
  • National Coach GRE

Nino Salukvadze (GEO)

  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic Champion
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze World Champion
  • 17x Gold, 17x Silver and 14x Bronze World Cup Medalist
  • 7x Gold, 4x Silver, 6x Bronze European Champion
  • 9x Olympian
Roberto Di Donna

Roberto Di Donna (ITA)

  • Gold and Bronze Olympic Champion
  • Bronze World Champion
  • 19x Gold, 7x Silver and 7x Bronze World Cup Medalist
  • 3x Gold, 5x Silver and 4x Bronze European Champion
  • 4x Olympian
  • ITA National Coaches' General Manager

Emil Dushanov (BUL)

  • JAP National Head Coach
  • Member of the ISSF Coaches Committee

Ahmed Seif Eldin (EGY)

  • National Coach (EGY)
  • ISSF A Coach

Nektarios Stavrou (GRE)

  • Ass. Professor of Sport Psychology & Motor Behavior at the University of Athens
  • Sport Psychologist Hellenic Shooting Federation, Hellenic Olympic Committee
  • South Australian Sport Institute (ex.)

Susan Nattrass (CAN)

Shotgun Head Instructor

  • OC, PhD
  • 7 times World Champion
  • 2 times World Cup Gold medalist
  • 6 times Olympian
  • Officer of the Order of Canada
  • Member Canada's Sports Hall of Fame & Canadian Olympic Committee's Hall of Fame
  • Doctorate in PE & Sport Sciences
  • ISSF A Coach

Kim Rhode (USA)

  • ISSF Vice President
  • 3x Olympic Gold
    • 1x Silver & 2x Bronze medalist
  • 1x World Champion
  • 24x World Cup Gold medalist
  • 6x Olympian

Russell Mark (AUS)

  • OAM
  • Olympic Gold & Silver medalist
  • 2 times World Champion
  • 4 times World Cup Gold medalist
  • 6 times Olympian
  • Member Australian Sports Hall of Fame

Daniele di Spigno (ITA)

  • 2x World Champion
  • 10x World Cup Gold medalist
  • 4x Olympian
  • Degree in Sport Sciences
  • Coach Italian Junior National team since 2021

Mansher Singh (IND)

  • 4x Olympian
  • Arjuna Awardee
  • Commonwealth Games Gold medalist
  • 3x Asian Games Gold medalist

Lauryn Mark (AUS)

  • 2x Olympian
  • 3x Commonwealth Games Gold medalist
  • Coach Australian Skeet team

Andrea Filippetti (ITA)

  • Coach of the Italian National Skeet Team
  • ISSF Coach Pro License
  • Law Degree
  • Coach since 2012