Action was abound during the last round of the national Rifle Practical Shooting Championships hosted by Limpopo Province Practical Shooting Association (LPPSA) at the shooting range in the city over the weekend.
The challenge attracted in excess of 100 contestants and organiser Tinus Botha indicated that participants came from as far as Norway, Denmark, France, Sweden and Germany. He emphasised that the two-day challenge was to select members for the Proteas teams that will represent the country at the 2019 International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Rifle World Shoot II scheduled to take place in Sweden next year. Botha indicated that competitors contested individually as well as in teams in various divisions and age categories such as semi-auto open, semi-auto standard and manual action open in age groups which include overall, super senior, senior, ladies and juniors.
On Saturday, participants put their skills to the test on stages one to eight and completed in stages nine to 15 on Sunday at the same venue. All the contestants proved that they are passionate about the sport and aimed to earn as many points as possible to be part of the national teams.
International range officer, Deon Kemp emphasised this was the second and last round of the rifle category and reiterated that the final round of the short gun practical shooting champs is expected to be held in two weeks’ time in Gauteng. He stated that the challenge was well attended and all the contestants did their best. Kemp indicated that safety was their first priority and urged participants to be cautious when taking part in the sport.
The Protea team in the semi-auto open category consists of Gerrit-Jan Bakker, André du Toit, Ronald Gower and Yung Tsao while the semi-auto standard team consists of Terry Calivitis, Demis Karamitsos, Piet van Wyk and Wesley Visser.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI