Reid hits the mark
Having copped two National Commercial Bank (NCB) Capital Markets Junior Sporting Clays championships and five overall junior titles, Brandon Reid remains hopeful of making the upcoming National Skeet championships in July a successful one.
Reid emphatically retained the champion boy title with a score of 108 birds in the boys' 17-20 category, leading with 90 of 100 birds and 18 from 25 in the super six round.
Reid overcame main challenger Nicholas Chen, who beat him in 2014.
With the National Championships coming up next month, he wants to make a mark, and, hopefully, win the top prize.
"I would really love to win that, and that is the highest award I would have won. I do consistently compete among the top, I have just never been able to go to the next level and win a shoot with the seniors," Reid said.
When asked if this year could be the year when he hits the national mark, Reid offered: "Well, based on how I shot today (recently), I think I have a chance. So, yeah."
Over 70 juniors battled in A, B and C; Sub-Junior A and B; Girls A and B; and Beginners categories at the Jamaica Skeet Club's shooting range in Portmore, St Catherine.
"There were so many challenges, especially in the shoot-off at the last station when Nicholas (Chen) shot eight birds. I knew I had to shoot well at the last station to win," Reid recalled in his post-shoot interview.
Chen shot eight straight birds in the super six to no doubt put Reid under some pressure.
"I just dropped one or two at some stations. Even after misses, I had to stay focused because I knew I had more birds to shoot," he recalled.
The former Hillel Academy standout is in his first year of sixth form at Taft High School in Connecticut, United States.
"I think I have passed the worst, but there is still more to improve on, and I know I can get better," stressed the champion.