West Indies Full-bore Shooting championships get firing today
– President Granger expected to take 1st shot
President David Granger is expected to fire off the first shot to commemorate the opening of the 150th anniversary Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA)/West Indies Full-bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) championships, which get underway today.
The Timehri Rifle Ranges, thanks to members of the GNRA, received a facelift ahead of the celebratory shoot, which will see marksmen from Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Falkland Islands, Ireland/Scotland, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua and Barbuda duking it out over the next seven days in both individual and team categories.
Shooters will compete in the 500/900 yards in the morning and afternoon respectively while individual shoots throughout Tuesday and Wednesday will see the grand aggregate determining the top 60 shooters who will progress to Thursday’s finals, where they will compete together in the 300, 500 and 600 Yards.
The top 30 shots will then advance to the finals shot at the 900 and 1000 Yards, with the emerging shooter being named champ. Defending champs Guyana will look to successfully retain both long- and short-bore titles while former West Indies individual champ Lennox Braithwaite will look to reclaim his title following the non-participation of the Jamaicans.
Braithwaite was dethroned by Jose Nunez last year in Antigua, but has an excellent chance at regaining the coveted singles title now that the man who stole his crown will not play a part in this year’s tournament as a result of the Jamaican team encountering document issues.
With the largest concentration of high-calibre shooters expected to be on display over the next week, Guyana, led by Mahendra Persaud, will look to successfully defend their titles while hopefully adding to their collection.
The tournament will get underway following the President’s first shot, which is set for 09:00h (9 am)