– victory dedicated to ACP Paul Slowe
Guyana’s Riflemen rewrote the history books of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council when they won the Short Range Title for the first time in Barbados yesterday at the Paragon Ranges and in the process won this title for the 4th consecutive year; this also being history.
The 8-member team led by Captain Mahendra Persaud and Ransford Goodluck fought back gallantly after the 300 yards range to constantly pull away from their rivals at the 500 and 600 yards ranges to retain the Wray & Nephew Anchor Cup, sponsored by a Jamaican Company.
Captain Mahendra Persaud promptly informed Kaieteur Sport following the official announcement of Guyana’s win by West Indies Fullbore Shooting council President, Trinidadian Norris Gomez; that the win is dedicated to Head Wind Coach Paul Slowe who is proceeding on Pre-Retirement Leave from the Guyana Police Force on June 9th after serving the force with distinction for 37 years.
Persaud also stated that Slowe’s contribution to the rise of the sport in Guyana has been invaluable and he will continue to be an integral part in the future. Slowe’s passing out parade is set for June 4th.
Guyana’s margin of victory on the day was very convincing in the end and after the final range, sensing that they did enough to claim victory the team congratulated each other before getting in a huddle as is the norm to give thanks to God Almighty, Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Fields leading in a word of prayer.
The winning overall score for the Guyanese, who like they did at Long Range winning both Ranges, won all three at short range to tally 1146-79 after score of 377-28 at 300; 389-28 at 500 and 380-23 at 600.
Only the improving Antigua and Barbuda was able to match Guyana at any of the ranges having scored similar points as Guyana at the 300 range, the Guyanese winning on V’s, 28 to 22.
The Guyanese rode above the challenges faced throughout the championship to maintain their dominance in Fullbore Shooting in the Caribbean. They are regarded as the undisputed Kings at Long Range and now such a title is apt for the Short Range.
An elated Head Coach Paul Slowe in an invited comment said that the victory was wonderful.
“The conditions weren’t easy but we were able to overcome. We shot badly at 300 yards by our standards and we were still able to lead up to that point. We shot outstandingly at 500 yards and again we led the group. At 600 yards, it was the icing on the cake.”
Slowe, whose first regional competition was at the same ranges noted that the Guyana team did not do as well as they expected but it was good enough to defeat the opposition.
“The good thing about it is that we increased on the lead at every range and that’s always the game. We have a well oiled unit; the Antiguan’s complemented us on the camaraderie and the professionalism we exhibited on the range and we are gong to work to make this even better.
Our aim is not only to be the Caribbean champions but to make sure that when we come against teams from the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa, we can hold our own – not necessarily win – but we can hold our own and compete against them.”
Captain Persaud in his comments stated that words cannot adequately describe how he feels about the win and the clean sweep.
“I think the entire team performed magnificently – we started off to my mind a little poorly at 300 yards but we did excellently at 500 and 600 yards. I want to say one more thing – we dedicate this victory to Paul Slowe’s retirement.”
Persaud also took time out to recognize the many sponsors who contributed to the team noting that without them they could not have made it to Barbados and earlier, Antigua.
“Without the sponsors we are nothing and hopefully, they can continue to sponsor this winning team because history has shown that from 1995 to present we have been winning and has kept the Golden Arrowhead flying aloft.”
Among the sponsors are Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, Guyana Defence Force, Industrial Safety Supplies, Japarts, Bank of Nova Scotia, Banks DIH, Noble House Seafoods, Citizen’s Bank, Bank of Guyana, Crown Mining Supplies and the Guyana Police Force.
Country 300 500 600 Grand Total
Guyana 377-28 389-28 380-23 1146-79
Trinidad 371-24 378-25 366-20 1115-69
Antigua 377-22 371-21 359-15 1107-58
Barbados 371-21 373-23 363-21 1107-65
Bermuda 310-17 350-14 339-8 999-39
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