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Digicel Cup Clay shoot on at Portmore Range

Published:Sunday | November 23, 2014 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Khaleel Azan

The Digicel Cup 2014 Inter-school Clay Challenge, featuring shooters in the age group 7-18, will be staged today at the Portmore Range in St Catherine, with action set to start at 9 a.m.

Organiser Khaleel Azan, who is national coach, as well as president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, expects a good turnout at today's event.

"This is a very interesting sport to watch, so we are expecting members, family and friends to come out and support today,"Azan said.

More than 60 participants from a total of 12 schools are expected to compete, with defending champions Hillel Academy and champion boy Brandon Reid among them.

Competition will take place in several classes from Beginners A - age seven and over, the girls' A and B category; juniors A, B and C (age 14 and over); and sub-juniors A,B and C for kids up to 13 years old.

Azan is hoping the event can serve as a platform to help grow the sport.

"Skeet shooting has been growing year by year," he said. "This will be our best year so far," he continued. The first Digicel Cup 2014 Inter-school Clay Challenge was held in 2010.

The president also added that the Jamaica Skeet federation is looking to lift the standard of the sport locally and will be seeking to obtain scholarships in the United States for young Jamaicans who are doing well in the sport. Registration for the Beginners Class will start at 8 a.m.