The Guyana National Rifle Association shot off the inaugural Spads Inc Cup tournament over the Diwali weekend at the Timehri Rifle Ranges, which saw Joseph Chin MD recovering from an indifferent start to claim top honours overall.
In what can be described as a first for the handgunners the competition was held over two days and six stages taking full advantage of the holiday weekend.
The tournament held under the International Practical Shooting Confederation (I.P.S.C) rules saw extremely close competition among the shooters and at the end of the first day after the scores were tallied Mohamed Qualander was in the lead followed closely by Dr. Yohan DaSilva and David Dharry.
The other top contenders for honours was Joseph Chin MD who faltered significantly which resulted in him losing out in placing in the final top three places.
The results for Day One action (1st Stage) were Joseph Chin 1st (3.32 hit factor) followed by Dr. Johan DaSilva (2.67 hit factor) and Mohamed Qualander in third (2.59 hit factor).
For Stage 2, Qualander was first placed with a 4.04 hit factor followed by Dr. DaSilva with a 3.95 hit factor and Ryan McKinnon third with a 3.93 hit factor. In the final stage for Day 1 David Dharry was the winner with a 5.01 hit factor followed by Mohamed Qualander (4.29HF) and Dr. DaSilva (4.12HF) in second and third place respectively.
The intense rivalry and action continued on Day Two and with strict adherence to the rules which resulted in a number of stage disqualifications, most noticeably with Mohamed Qualander being disqualified (D.Q) by the range office in Stage 6 which eventually cost him the overall 2nd place.
In the results for Stage 4, 5 and 6 on Day Two Ryan McKinnon, an up and coming shooter, captured the first position for Stage 4 with a 4.79HF followed by Dale Hing in second place (4.35HF) and Joseph Chin third (4.15HF). Stage 5 was won by Joseph Chin (5.09HF) with Ryan McKinnon second (4.76HF) and David Dharry third (4.61HF) and the results for Stage 6 saw David Dharry in the lead with a 4.87HF and Dale Hing second (4.40HF) followed by Gordon Richards in third place (4.07HF)
At the end of the grueling six stages shot over the two days Joseph Chin M.D, proving that mind over matter does matter, came from behind in a tremendous display of marksmanship and speed to claim the overall top gun billing with a convincing overall victory for the Spads Inc Cup 2009 followed by Dr Johan DaSilva with an overall second place and Ryan McKinnon in third overall.
Junior shooters Ian Rogers and Bhageshwar Murli came in for praise from Handgun Captain Dale Hing for their improvement in the sport and much is expected from them in the future.
With full sponsorship from Spads Inc, a Thomas Street based water purification systems and accessories business, the club was able to provide a wide range of amenities to competitors and spectators alike.
In an invited comment from Captain Dale Hing, he thanked the sponsors for their generous support of the Club activities and he further added that he hoped other members of the business community would follow suit and come onboard with sponsorship for the club’s activities, he further informed that the GNRA was now officially affiliated to the International Practical Shooting Confederation (I.P.S.C) and as such Guyana was now poised to join with other countries worldwide in participating in this exciting shooting discipline.
Mr. Mohamed Qualander, I.P.S.C’s Regional Director for Guyana further informed that Guyana’s membership was an exciting development for the sport in Guyana and he noted that I.P.S.C is probably the largest sport shooting association in the world with a wide and varied membership and the GNRA is hoping to take full advantage of this.
He further alluded to the benefits of the sports tourism aspect to Guyana in view of the fact that I.P.S.C competitions are held in countries all over the world with sometimes over one hundred competitors in a match.
He admitted that the shooting facilities in Guyana would be hard pressed to accommodate this amount of shooters but pointed out that many of the other shooting countries here in the Caribbean have successfully staged international matches albeit with a smaller number of participants and the benefits to the host countries can be immediately noticed in the hotel, transportation and related tourism sectors since the influx of even 80 persons for a tournament in Guyana can have a positive immediate effect for our country’s economy.
He further went on to state that the club has received numerous enquiries as to when Guyana will be staging an international or regional match since many of the countries that Guyana has visited to participate in their locally hosted matches would love to visit Guyana for the shooting and to sample the delights Guyana has to offer.
Persons interested in the I.P.S.C can visit the website at www.ipsc.org and you can also visit the GNRA’s site at www.guyana-nra.org.
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