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Bajan shooters shine in Grenada

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Bajan shooters dominated the individual honours in the recently concluded Grenada Guns and Rifle Association’s Handgun Championship.

Led by regional director Kevin “Enforcer” Grant and IPSC coordinator Richard “Cordite Kid” Durant, a five-member team participated in eight stages over two days in the Standard and Production divisions, which involved 30 competitors from Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

In the Standard Division, Barbados placed sixth overall, but Durant captured the individual title and also the Master’s class with the highest foreign score of 603 points.

Kareem Bynoe won Class C, and placed third overall with 529 points, while Ayoub Suttle finished second in Class C with 327 points.

Newcomer Ryan Hunte did not place among the top five but is looking forward to building on the experience.

Grant, the lone Bajan in the Production Division, amassed 582 points to finish first. He was also first overall in the Master’s class.

Grant highlighted the importance of the development of sports shooting, not only in Barbados, but in other regions.

“This development should be similar to the development of any other established sport. The collaboration amongst the Government and sporting organisations is the first step to achieving a better sporting industry,” he said.

Grant added that Grenada had evolved tremendously in the shooting discipline and were preparing to make the leap to international level.

Barbados will now focus on preparing for the Pan American Handgun Championships to be held in Jamaica in the summer.

After that, the team will be gearing up for the Caribbean Cup, which Barbados will host in September. Competitors from Canada, Mexico, United States, Jamaica, St Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad and Grenada will be taking part. (RA)

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