May 26, 2010 Sports
60 contesting individual competition including 3 females
The 2010 West Indies Fullbore Shooting Championships was officially opened yesterday at the Paragon Ranges, Christ Church, Barbados following a brief opening ceremony.
After the hoisting of the flags of the four competing countries (Guyana, Barbados, Bermuda, Antigua & Barbuda) Major David Binks of the Barbados Defence Force fired the first shoot (V-Bull) to signal the start of the individual competition.
President of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFSC) Trinidadian Norris Gomez delivered the opening remarks and declared the Championships open. Gomez complimented the Barbados Rifle Association Inc. for putting on a splendid show, pointing out that the Paragon Ranges is the best in the Caribbean.
He wished all the teams good luck and believes that competition will be very stiff in both the individual and team competitions.
A total of 60 shooters including three females are competing. The females are all Barbadians – Jennifer Jordan-Cousins, Shelly Ann Hinds and Sharon Marshall. Their countryman Richard Arthur is one of their leading guns in the male segment of the competition.
Leading Guyana’s charge are Captain Mahendra Persaud, Ransford Goodluck and Dylan Fields. The Twin Island republic of Trinidad and Tobago will pin their hopes for individual glory on the likes of Capt. Norris Gomes a veteran at this level, Justin Lall and Carl Awong.
Bermuda’s challenge centers on Nelson Simmons and Sinclair Rayner while Antigua and Barbuda, competing in Barbados at this level for the first time, will look to Anderson Perry for inspiration.
Team spirit among all the teams is high and the various captains have all expressed confidence that they will do well despite the challenging winds that have been the order of the day since the teams arrived.
The Paragon Ranges, recently refurbished, fully funded by the Barbados Government, is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Meanwhile, the regional rifle shooters competed at the 300 yards where they used 2 sighters and 7 scoring rounds and they also shot at 500 yards (2 sighters and 10 rounds) and 600 yards with 2 sighters and 15 rounds during yesterday’s opening action.
There was a delay in the tabulation of the scores up to press time however, early results show Guyana’s Ransford Goodluck leading the overall standings with 153 points with 9 V-Bulls, while his teammate Ryan Sampson won the 500Yds range with a score of 47 and 7.
Today is the second day of the individual shoot and will see competitors firing at the 500 yards range (2 sighters and 7 scoring rounds), 600 yards (2 sighters and 15 scoring rounds) and 900 yards (2 sighters and 10 scoring rounds).
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