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World champion here to teach shooters

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Ben Husthwaite (right), 19-time world shooting champion, instructs national shotgun champion Christian Sasso (second right) on how to anticipate the position of the clay and where to shoot at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore. Looking on are Leighton Sasso (left), Christian’s father and vice-president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, and Nicholas Benjamin (second left).

Ben Husthwaite, a 19-time world shooting champion, has been in Jamaica since Monday teaching professional and amateur shooters how to improve their shooting skills. The sessions will conclude next Monday.

Husthwaite was brought here by the Jamaica Skeet Club. The sessions will prepare local shooters to better compete here, but more so, to compete on behalf of Jamaica at the international level. The shooters are receiving individual instruction as well as in groups of no more than three. The sessions were fully booked before Husthwaite arrived in the island last Monday afternoon.

According to Husthwaite, the shooters will be taught, among other things, "how the gun's gonna move".

"We are going to control every aspect of the gun movement. It's almost like following a GPS in a car. You follow signals. We are going to do the same thing," Husthwaite said.

He had high praises for the Skeet Club's junior programme. He said that it was better than what they had in his home country - the United Kingdom.

Husthwaite talked glowingly about Jamaica. He has been here 15 times, remaining here for eight weeks on one occasion. He has the word Jamaican tattooed on his arm and the Jamaica Skeet Club's logo on his back.

Khaleel Azan said the club decided to bring back Husthwaite after a 10-year lapse to help fine-tune the skills of the local shooters. Azan is sitting in on the lessons as he will continue the teaching process after Husthwaite leaves next week.

Shooters who have registered for the lessons include Christian Sasso - the current national champion; his father, Leighton Sasso, who is vice-president of the Jamaica Skeet Club; Sean Barnes - the four-time national champion; Ian Banks - the nine-time national champion; Jake Therrien - the recently crowned winner of the Digicel Cup Inter-Schools Sporting Clays Tournament; and Isabelle Chin - female junior shooter.