Opening ceremony set for today; 5 countries to contest, Jamaica out
President of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFSC) Norris Gomez said he is expecting a very exciting Caribbean Fullbore Shooting Championships which is set to get underway today in Barbados with the official opening ceremony.
Guyana, are the defending champions for both the Short and Long Range Championships and the strong 14-member team has expressed confidence that they will retain both championships.
Four members of the team including Captain Mahendra Persaud, Ransford Goodluck, Ryan Sampson and Lt. Col. Terry Stuart arrived in Barbados last evening from Antigua & Barbuda where they participated in that Country’s Goodwill Championships which was also used as a tester to ascertain their readiness to host the Caribbean competition.
Gomez expressed confidence in the Barbados Association doing well as hosts while noting the first three days of competition beginning tomorrow will see the shooters competing in the individual shoot with the team competition, Long Range (900 & 1000 yards) and Short Range (300, 500 & 600 yards) set for Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Going head to head will be host team Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda.
The Trinidadian Gomez, who is also competing, said that Guyana, are true champions and he is expecting the team to be very competitive again while noting their strength at the Long Range.
He emphasized that Guyana definitely has the edge with Trinidad, Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda not having a Long Range. “I expect keen rivalry between the Guyanese, Trinidadians and Barbadians in both the long and short range matches – Guyana has a little edge but I expect the other seasoned countries to step up to the challenge and offer them stiff competition.”
Antigua and Bermuda are relatively new to the sport; the Antiguans competing only for the fourth year while the Bermudians Gomez said only have a 300 yards range so they are at a great disadvantage.
So all systems are in place for what is anticipated to be an exciting West Indies Fullbore Rifle Shooting Championship 2010. It officially opens today and while competition will shoot off tomorrow, the Riflemen and Women will be using the Range today to practice and get used to conditions ahead of fierce competition over the next five days.
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