2012 Team portrait of Miro Sipek
|Full name||Miroslav Šipek|
6 April 1948 |
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia
|Height||176 cm (69 in) (1976)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb) (1976)|
|Now coaching||1997-2009, Australian National Team; 2001-present, Australian Paralympic National Team|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||Bronze, 1970 Phoenix Arizona|
|Regional finals||4 Silver medals at European Championships; Multiple medals at other International competitions including 16 Gold at Balkan Championships|
|National finals||27 times Yugoslav Champion (19 senior and 8 as a Junior)|
|Olympic finals||1976 Montreal|
Miroslav "Miro" Šipek (born 6 April 1948) is a Bosnian (ex-Yugoslav) Australian rifle shooting coach. During his long and successful shooting career he was a champion of Yugoslavia 27 times in a range of disciplines (19 times as a senior and 8 as a junior National Team member). He won several medals at various international competitions and Balkans Championships, 4 silver medals at European Championships and a bronze at the 1970 World Championships in Phoenix Arizona.
Miro represented Yugoslavia at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in rifle shooting. In 1992, he led the first Bosnian-Herzegovinian National Team from his war torn country to the Barcelona Summer Olympics. Miro was the coach for Australia's shooters at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. He was the coach for Australia's Paralympic shooters at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
In 1973 he married Mirsada Cengic, club team mate and member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian shooting team. Together they've had two children (Goran and Mirela) and four grandchildren (Denis, Dino, Aron and Liam).
He started playing sport at a young age and was a talented footballer and table tennis player. His shooting career started in 1965 when he joined ‘Mico Sokolovic’ Shooting Club in his home town of Sarajevo. Very next year, he became member of the most successful Yugoslav club 'Mile Vujocic Uco - Sarajevo'. He represented Yugoslavia as part of the Junior National Team 15 times, his first appearance being in Bucharest in 1965.
During his long and successful shooting career he was a champion of Yugoslavia 27 times in a range disciplines (19 times as a senior and 8 as a junior National Team member). He won number of medals at various international competitions and Balkans Championships, 4 silver medals at European Championships and a bronze at the World Championships in Phoenix Arizona. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
In 1969 he was honoured as the Athlete of the Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a recipient of various regional and national honours and awards in ex-Yugoslavia, including the 'Silver Rays' ("Orden Zasluga Za Narod sa Srebrnim Zracima") which is the highest civilian decoration awarded by the late Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito.
In 1985 after more than 250 appearances for Yugoslav Team in competitions and championships all over the world, he retired from competing and continued his shooting career as a Coach and National Selector. In 1986, Miro led Yugoslav Shooting Team to World Championships Title (prone women) in Suhl, Germany. He worked as a High Performance Manager at the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Institute of Sport. In 1992 he led the first Bosnian-Herzegovinian National Team from his war torn country to the Olympics in Barcelona.
His career continues in Australia where he moved with his family in 1995. He worked with the National Olympic Shooting Team of Australia from 1997 and took the team to the Olympics in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, as well as the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006. In 2009 he started working with the Australian Paralympic Shooting Team, whom he has been coaching to present day.
- April 1966 broke the Yugoslav national record, 3-positions 3x20 (562)
- April 1966 chosen for the junior National Team of Yugoslavia
- September 1966 debuted with the senior National Team of Yugoslavia
- October 1966 First senior gold medal at the Balkan Championship 3x20 (571) (total of 16 gold medals at Balkan Championships throughout career)
- 1968 Silver medal at the Junior European Championships in Wiesbaden (Germany)
- 1969 Silver medal in team 3-positions discipline 3x20 at the European Championships in Plzen (Czechoslovakia)
- 1969 named as the athlete of the year of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 1970 recipient of the Plaque of the City of Sarajevo
- 1970 Team bronze medal at the World Championships in Phoenix Arizona (60 Prone)
- 1975 placed 5th, 3-positions, at the World Championships in Thun (Switzerland)
- 1975 awarded 'Silver Rays' Decoration by the late Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito
- 1975 Silver medal at the European Championships in Bucharest (Romania)
- 1976 competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics where he represented Yugoslavia in the Three Position, Prone 50 meter events
- 1966-1985 Several Sport Honours – Yugoslavia
- 1981 Youth Day (May 25) Award
- Awarded the title of the Meritorious Athlete of Yugoslavia
- 1989 ISSF (UIT) Gold Medal Honour
- 1988-1992 President of National Shooting Association B&H
- 1992-1996 Member of Executive Committee – Olympic Committee B&H
- 1992 Led the first B&H National Team to the Olympics in Barcelona
- 1995 first non German to win Gau-Schützenkönig (Shooting King) in Ruhpolding, Germany
From 1997 Miro has been coaching Australian Shooting Team(s). Shooters he has coached include Warren Potent, Ashley Adams,  Libby Kosmala, Jason Maroney, Tim Lowndes, Sue McCready, Belinda Imgrund (Muhlberg), Carrie Quigley, Sam and Rob Wieland, Nat Smith, Luke Cain, Anton Zappelli, Bradley Mark... He started coaching Ben Burge in 2003.
Miro was also shooting coach for Commonwealth Games in:
- "Warren Potent firing scores bronze medal".
- "Shooting – Sports – Olympics". Sydney: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- ""In the wars" Ashley just short of triumph". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Tender is good; Gold is better". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Libby shooting for gold". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Sri Lanka Sports News | Online edition of Daily News – Lakehouse Newspapers". Dailynews.lk. 12 September 2008. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Jason Maroney". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Shooting - Australian Gold Medalist Tim Lowndes & Sam Wieland".
- McGrath, Brad (20 May 2008). "Burge surge". The Border Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Adams misses out on Paralympics bronze – ABC North West Qld – Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Abc.net.au. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Adams gives medals a close shot – 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Paralympic shooters on target for London". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "AISL – Key Contacts". Ausshooting.org. Retrieved 18 July 2012.