– local marksmen commence training
Described as a marksman of considerable pedigree and experience, Ian Shaw of Great Britain arrived in Guyana last evening to commence a two-week stint aimed at improving the abilities of our local riflemen.
Shaw, a good friend of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) and National Fullbore Captain Mahendra Persaud, was here last year with the Great Britain team that competed against Guyana last April ahead of the Caribbean Championships and the Australia Match which were both held in Barbados.
Shaw’s visit has made possible with the kind assistance of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and eth GNRA is expressing gratitude to President Juman Yassin and executive for their partnership which will see Guyana’s riflemen benefitting from the expertise of Shaw who began shooting at Epsom College and has toured extensively with Great Britain and Scotland.
He has competed in the last four Commonwealth Games, made 43 ‘Big 5’ appearances including two Palma teams and two record breaking Kolapore teams.
Individually, Shaw has won the Ballinger Belt and Grand Aggregate in New Zealand, the British Open Target Rifle Championship at Bisley and a few other competitions over the years.
Meanwhile, shooting commenced on Sunday last for the local marksmen at the Timehri Rifle Ranges with the main aim of attaining physical and mental preparedness for this year’s shooting schedule.
GNRA Secretary Ryan Sampson disclosed that the process involved trying to ascertain each shooter’s elevation at the 300, 500 and 600 yards ranges. Conditions were described as overcast for most of the day following a brief shower of rain that caught the first detail of shooters on the bank.
Prior to the commencement of shooting, one minute’s silence was observed in memory fromer shooter, the late Charles ‘Swanka’ Dean who passed away November last following a brief period of illness.
Dean’s death shocked the fullbore community not only in Guyana but throughout the Caribbean where he touched many with his affable personality. It was recalled that Dean was always the first to arrive at the ranges.
GNRA members are asked to note that the Annual General Meeting is set for January 27 at the Police Officers Mess commencing at 18:30hrs.
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