– expects Caribbean to hold its own
By Franklin Wilson
National Fullbore Captain, Mahendra Persaud has said that he is looking forward to next
year’s Palma and World Long Range Shooting Championships which is set for Camp Perry, Ohio from 3rd to 14th August.
Persaud who has been one of the top flight shooters in Guyana and the region disclosed that the Caribbean is expected to send a strong team that would hold its own among the best in the world. He noted that it would not be easy but the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) will be pulling out all the stops to have its strongest team compete.
The Regional body at its last executive meeting which was held in Jamaica in May last to coincide with the Caribbean Championships had taken the decision that in the year when the Palma championships are held, there would be no Caribbean competition to ensure maximum participation.
The Palma championship which is considered the World Cup of Shooting is held every four years with the last championship held in Australia in 2011. Canada hosted in 2007, England in 2003 and South Africa in 1999.
The geographical locations would pose serious financial challenges for the Caribbean team but with it being held in the USA, Persaud said that the WIFBSC will capitalize on sending a full team.
“The last time we participated was in 2007 and the championship before that. With the USA set to host next August we will be there. I expect a strong team from the shooters that have been shortlisted as I also expect that a number of our leading shooters will also make that team which would be coached by Jamaican John Nelson and our own Paul Slowe as Manager.”
Six Guyanese and five Jamaicans have been named in a 16-member shortlist along with two reserves. Jamaican female Karen Anderson is in the 16 while Barbadian female Shellyann Hinds is one of the reserves.
Persaud also noted that this is where the ‘Big Boys Play’ referring to the best shooters being in contention, the likes of countries such as the home team USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Continental Europe and Kenya.
Competition is held at the 800, 900 and 1000 Yards Ranges and will be held under the auspices of the International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations (ICFRA).
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