A summary listing of Tibor’s involvement with the sport of shootingends this tribute. He was a driving force behind the amalgamation of Melbourne Pistol Club and Springvale International Shooting Club resulting in our current name. In the ensuing years when the club moved from the quarry at Albion (1976) Tibor drove the development of the club into a venue that matured into one suitable, with a little grateful assistance from the State of Victoria, that successfully held the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
In the lead up year or so beforethe 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 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, and it was his applied leadership abilities to lead the Clubs long term development plan effectively so that we were in a position superior to any other club in Melbourne to host the Commonwealth Games. We did participate in the Host City bid and went through many visits by dignitaries of all sorts. This I mention to reveal the long-term efforts to develop a word standard facility for the sport at large in Victoria.
Our Club successfully conductedthe 2006 Commonwealth Games pistol and rifle events. 14 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the 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 reputation is International as I believe he held 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 told me that his achievement had 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.
I have been with Tibor almost every Wednesday evening for the past 15 years and he made himself available to guide, mentor and coach shooters of any discipline. Tibor was quite selfless in all of his time as a club member and I know he ranked as one of his most rewarding experiences the time he spent as Coach to Indian shooting teams.
Tibor Gonczol lifetime achievements in summary.
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:
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:
A.C.C. Level High Performance Coach (Level 4)
U.I.T. International Coach (highest level)
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 - 1996
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 Captain Melbourne Pistol Club 1960 – 1975
President Springvale International Shooting Club 1974 – 1977
President Melbourne International Shooting Club 1977 – 2006
Delegate - Australian Pistol Shooting Union Australia 1962 – 1981
Executive Member - Victorian Amateur Pistol Association 1964 – 1980
Delegate – Victorian Olympic Council 1975 – 1984
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, A.S.A. Competition Committee 1985 – 1997
Australian Coaching Council Accredited Level 3 Coach 1981 – 1995
Australian Coaching Council High Performance Coach 1995 – today
National Referee 1974 – 2006
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 Caracas 1982
Shooting Team Coach Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982
Pistol Team Man / Coach Oceania Competition N.Z. 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