All set for 2014 West Indies Target Rifle Championships
IT'S all systems go for the 2014 West Indies Target Rifle Championships which was officially opened yesterday by Major General Anthony Anderson, chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
Six teams from across the region and a special guest squad from Canada will contest the five-day tournament which kicks off today at the JDF Range at Twickenham Park, St Catherine.
While a high level of competition is expected across the board, all eyes will be on defending champions Jamaica and their arch-rivals 2012 champions Guyana. The Guyanese will be looking for revenge after being dethroned by Jamaica at last year's competition; but the Jamaicans will be going all out to make it two-in-a-row and to take top honours on home soil.
While the spotlight might be focused on the rivalry between Jamaica and Guyana, shooters from Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Bermuda and Barbados are also looking to make their mark at the prestigious championships.
The Trinidadians have the best chance of upsetting the applecart and ending the dual dominance of Jamaica and Guyana, who have alternated as winners in recent years.
Additionally, the inclusion of a goodwill rifle team from the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association should add an exciting element to this year's competition, as the international competitors will no doubt lift the level of play.
The action starts today with three days of individual events and then team matches will be contested on Friday and Saturday.
Both the individual and team events will be shot over five ranges; 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1,000 yards. The Championships will culminate with a dinner and awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday.