Teams for WI shooting championships arrive over the weekend
Preparations are going apace for the West Indies Fullbore Rifle Shooting championships which will take place in Guyana next week at the Timehri rifles ranges.
The individual competition will fire off on Tuesday and will run until Thursday before the team championships are held on next Saturday and Sunday.
Teams will begin arriving at the weekend ahead of the championships.
Guyana last hosted the event in 2007 and shooters from Antigua/Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are coming to battle with their Guyanese counterparts in what is anticipated to been a week of keen rivalry.
As part of their preparation, the Guyana Team Members were involved in a Team Practice at the Timehri Ranges last Sunday over the 300, 600 and 900 yards ranges. This practice gave the Wind Coaches an opportunity to gauge the new conditions of the Range. Chief Wind Coach ACP retired Paul Slowe returned home from his duties with the West Indies Cricket Board specifically to get a feel of the conditions.
Guyana are the defending long range champions and will be looking to recapture the short range title they relinquished to Jamaica last year in Antigua.
Meanwhile, members of the organizing committee continued to work on the Range to bring it up to required standard for the Championships.
Trinidad and Tobago team was down to arrive yesterday the Barbadians are due today, while Antigua/Barbuda, Bermuda and Jamaica will be arriving tomorrow. Guyana’s foreign-based shooters Sigmund Douglas, John Fraser and Paul Archer are also due here at the weekend.
Douglas and Fraser, who are based in the United States, were expected yesterday while Canadian-based Archer is expected today.
Three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) are set aside for individual competition, while the team matches will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
The GNRA continued its appeal to Corporate Guyana for financial support in offsetting expenses for the competition.
Treasurer of the GNRA Lt. Col Terrance Stuart has disclosed that the Association has received assistance from the Office of the President, Banks DIH, Bank of Guyana, Ministry of Sport, Citizens Bank, Sterling Products Ltd, Demerara Life and the Guyana Defence Force and has expressed gratitude to the organisations for their assistance.