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Sasso collects main awards at Skeet Club's ceremony

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman
ACDelco National Shotgun Champion Christian Sasso (left) receives the JC Thwaites Cup from James Lechler (centre) of main sponsors ACDelco at the Jamaica Skeet Club’s national awards presentation ceremony, held at the Jade Garden Restaurant, Sovereign Centre on Tuesday night. Khaleel Azan, president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, looks on with another trophy to hand over to Sasso.

Having successfully mastered five tough disciplines - Skeet, 5-Stand, Fitasc, Trap and Sporting Clays - Christian Sasso, is now the Jamaica Skeet Club's latest poster boy as he claimed title after title at the national awards presentation function held at the Jade Garden Restaurant in Sovereign Centre on Tuesday night.

He is the ACDelco National Shotgun Champion for the first time, outgunning 10-time champion Ian Banks and the four-time champion Shaun Barnes.

Cheers, salutes and applause went Sasso's way as he collected several trophies, the main one being the JC Thwaites Cup for emerging overall champion.

"I have a good amount of trophies... maybe 10. I'm happy to be the 2015 ACDelco champion as I definitely feel my hard work has paid off," he told The Gleaner.

"Ever since the NCB tournament, I have been practising a lot more. It feels great to beat Shaun Barnes, we are both competing for the top, but we remain good friends and look to grow in the sport," he stressed.

Next up for Sasso is bird shooting next August, then to the US National Championships in Texas.

Speaking at Wednesday's banquet and awards ceremony, Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, reflected on gains made by the organisation in its 50-year existence.

Those, he said include, "growth in competitions and participating numbers, exposure of the sport across the media landscape and increased sponsorship".

"I want to say thanks to everybody on that journey of trying to get it right. We have a great managing committee, and we have fantastic members and staff," he underlined

Shaun Barnes, Ian Banks, Craig Simpson, Bruce Duquesnay, Andrew Hopwood, Andrew Azan and Marc Barnes and Errol Ziadie also took home a number of awards in their respective categories.

Among the juniors - Brandon Reid, Matthew Josephs, Mark Desnoes, Roman Tavares-Finson, Nickolai Clarke, Nicholas Chen, Alysia Evans, Jake Therrien and Simon Khouri copped a number of awards.

The event sponsors were: ACDelco, Rum Bar Gold, Rum Bar Vodka Classic, Tru-Juice, Wata and Arts & Photo.