Congratulate Guyana on 150th
By Franklin Wilson
One decade ago, it was right here at the Timehri Rifle Ranges that the twin island of
Antigua and Barbuda made its international debut.
Still in the learning curve but producing a number of good shots the likes of Thomas Greenaway, Christopher Joseph, Laurne Benjamin, Joseph Christopher and Rohit Dukhiram, Antigua and Barbuda has come a long way and even hosted the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) Championships in 2016 and its first in 2011.
One of its founder shooters and the Chaplin of the WIFBSC, Rev. Olson Daniel informed that despite the threats of two hurricanes which hampered their training schedule somewhat, they were still able to be here to celebrate with their Guyanese brothers, the rest of the Caribbean as well as those shooters from England, Canada, USA, Ireland/Scotland and the Falkland Islands.
”We have had two hurricanes coming very close to Antigua, the first one Erma, as it was just about to make landfall it shifted to the North of Antigua hitting Barbuda full force. Then hurricane Maria came to the south of us and hit Dominica full force.”
Rev. Olson said they were able to evacuate about 1800 persons from Barbuda to the island of Antigua where they presently are. He informed too that they are in the process of clearing the debris so in due course building can be started.
He is complimenting the people of Antigua for coming out strong in every area to assist their brothers and sisters.
Rev. Olson noted that with all of this going on, they lost a few weeks of practice leading up to these championships here.
”Otherwise to that we were able to pull together nicely. We would not say it affected us too bad but just that we were affected a few Saturday’s by the non-practice.
We want to congratulate Guyana on its 150th anniversary and we definitely wanted to be here because it’s our 10th year as a country participating, as a matter of fact, we began in Guyana and therefore it was something we were really looking forward to come and be part of the 150th anniversary.”
Rev. Olson in sharing his views on the advancement of the sport in his island noted that they are progressing but not at the level they would have liked to.
”We are making some progress but not as we would hope to, our next drive now is to try and get some new shooters on board because as you would have realized it’s the same shooters who came several years ago. We have one young man with us who has just begun shooting so we are now on a drive to recruit new shooters.
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