Limpopo Province Practical Shooting Association (LPPSA) hosted the Africa Area Practical Pistol Competition at the city’s shooting range over the weekend. The event drew more than 400 entrants from more than 13 countries worldwide.
Organiser Thinus Botha said the competition was one level beyond a world competition and is presented in Africa every third year. “We had world class contestants from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Swaziland, the United States of America, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and Italy taking part,” Botha said.
According to Botha, the ranges were quite challenging with moving targets to make participating more interesting. “We were widely complimented for the lay-outs and construction of the ranges and the visitors assured us that they will visit the country again,” Botha said.
In the Classic Division, South Africans Albert Wessels, Fabian Scott and Johan Wheeler took the first three positions, while fellow South Africans Justin Peacock, Garrett-John Evans and Tristan Hopper attained positions one, two and three in the Standard Division. In the Production Optics Division, South Africans Shaun Ross, Terrick Naude and Austen Stockbridge occupied the podium.
Current world champion, Robin Sebo of the Czech Republic, ended first in the Production Division, followed by current female world champion, Maria Gushchina from Russia and Chris Tiley of the United States of America in the second and third positions, respectively.
In the Open Division, Havlicek Miroslav of the Czech Republic was the winner, followed by South Africans Thomas Montgomery and Dylan Henstock in the second and third positions respectively.
David Landeweer of the Netherlands emerged as the winner in the Revolver Division, followed by Gys Prinsloo and Johan Immelman, both South Africans.
Story, photos and video: BARRY VILJOEN