Guy Starik is a name familiar to most in the world of Olympic Rifle shooting. He has been ranked amongst the best prone shooters in the world for over a decade and has coached some of the most talented and success junior shooters ever!
Starik was born in the city of Jerusalem in Israel in 1965. At the age of 12 he discovered his passion for shooting and became an active member of the local shooting club. Within four short years he had qualified for, and joined the Israeli National shooting team, and has never looked back!
Israel was somewhat isolated when it came to Olympic shooting knowledge back in those days, so Starik had to teach himself what he needed to know to progress in the sport. He made an effort to speak to as many coaches and international shooters when he traveled, and read every book he could find on the subject of Olympic Shooting and sports Psychology.
Back in 1987 Guy started studying at the renowned Wingate Sports Institute and 2 years later was qualified as a sports coach in the field of Shooting. His motivation was to be able to work within the shooting sports, and so keep himself on the range and training daily, while earning a living doing what he loved.
In 1992 Starik was selected as the Israeli Junior National Team coach, and soon after, in 1994, his student Yoav Zeevi won the World Championship title in the 3×40 event.
Four years later, in 1998, the title was retained by Israel, when another student of Stariks’, Anton Katz won that title again. Stariks’ reputation as a world-class coach was catching up with his reputation as a competitor!
Since then, Starik has coached shooters to no fewer than 4 European Championships and many more top level international titles. He has been the full time coach of the Israeli National team since 2002.
Starik has also been coaching the Israeli Para-Olympic shooters since 1995 and his student Doron Shaziri has won six Olympic medals under his guidance.
Starik is an A license coach from the ISSF coaching academy.
Starik’s impressive resume as a Coach is equaled by his own personal achievements in the Olympic Rifle shooting sports. His successes include the following: