New JRA exec focuses on local shooting growth
Veteran shooter and long-standing member Major John Nelson was recently elected president of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA), having pledged that his administration will elevate the profile of sport shooting.
The former national full bore team captain will head up a 16-member executive that was elected at the association’s annual general meeting last month. The slate includes First Vice-President Errol Lee; Second Vice-President Robin Rickhi; Treasurer Ryan Bramwell; Secretary Rohan Wilson; and Stock Keeper Alex Clarke.
The directorate also includes Canute Coley, David Dukharan, Anthony Johnson, and Claude Russell, who will serve as member representatives. Rounding out the executive are team captains Paul Shoucair, practical pistol; Karen Anderson, full bore rifle; and Norman Chen, archery; in addition to Club Captain David Rickman; and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Captain, Denis Lee.
The administration will focus on promoting the various shooting disciplines governed by the JRA, which include practical pistol, rifle shooting, air rifle, and archery. Heavy emphasis will also be placed on growing membership and increasing participation in competitive and recreational events.
“A major objective for this executive is to underscore that shooting is primarily a sport. It requires rigour, training, and discipline. It’s exciting and entertaining for spectators, and it can be enjoyed recreationally and competitively,” Nelson said.
The JRA will also be promoting the importance of responsible shooting particularly as it seeks to engage the youth demographic.
“A high priority for us is to encourage the responsible use of firearms as a means of safeguarding the reputation of the sport and ensuring the safety of the general population,” Nelson explained.
“The future of the sport will depend on us introducing it to a new generation, and responsible and appropriate usage will be central to our youth recruitment programmes.”
The new executive is set to serve for 12 months and the team has already rolled out a full schedule of activities for the rest of the calendar year. First up is the Liguanea Cup, a practical pistol shooting competition on Saturday, September 28, which will be followed by the Ultimate Shoot family fun day on Saturday, October 5. An archery competition will be staged in October, and the National Target Rifle Championships will be held early in November.