As the Guyana National Rifle Association (Guyana NRA) intensifies preparation of the Timehri Rifle Ranges ahead of the 150th Anniversary celebrations, the business community is beginning to respond to calls for assistance to complete the massive infrastructural works according to a release from the association.
At the first Statutory Meeting of the newly elected Executive Council of the Guyana NRA, held at the Guyana Defence Force Conference Room, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Secure Innovations and Concepts Incorporated, Harold Hopkinson, made a sizable donation towards the works. President of the Guyana NRA, Brigadier Patrick West, received the cheque on behalf of the Association. Hopkinson who is also a former Smallbore Captain in the Association and presently the Association’s IPSC Regional Director, stated that he sees his contribution going a long way towards the development of the shooting sport in Guyana.
The release further stated that a section of the range is being developed with multiple berms being built to facilitate the various stages of smallbore competition. With the completion of the new smallbore range it would enable the Association to hold smallbore Championships at an international level. In addition, Hopkinson, made a second donation towards the training of Lennox Braithwaite. This will enable the Commonwealth Games bound shooter, as part of his training, to participate in the annual Bisley Champions.
Brigadier West expressed gratitude on behalf of the Association for the donations from Hopkinson and expressed hope that other businesses will be able to also come on board with the Association as it prepares to host the prestigious Anniversary Shoot in October.
The Executive Council also named its two man shooting Team to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth Games slated for March 2018 in Australia. Fullbore Captain Mahendra Persaud along with Lennox Braithwaite were selected. There were five shortlisted shooters, with the other three being Ransford Goodluck, Dylan Fields and Leo Romalho. The selectees will commence preparation with the completion of the fullbore ranges.
The release ended by stating that the Guyana Olympic Association has also made a contribution toward the selectees training.