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Organisers anticipate 'very exciting' sporting clays competition

Published:Tuesday | March 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Khaleel Azan, a trainer at the Jamaica Skeet Club, shows off one the guns that will be used at the NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open, which will take place at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club this coming Sunday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

More than 75 participants are down to compete in this year's staging of the National Commer-cial Bank (NCB) Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open competition, which will be held at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club this Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.

The title-sponsor will be donating $250,000 towards this year's competition.

Vernon James, vice-president, sales and client services at NCB Capital Markets, who made the announcement during a press launch at Phoenix Avenue yesterday, said they are looking forward to a day filled with fun.

"We are once again expecting a very exciting competition on Sunday," said James. "We have partnered with the Jamaica Skeet Club on this event, which is fast becoming one that is anticipated on the calendar because of the quality of the participants and the professional way it is run."

Brett Thwaites, president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, praised the sponsors for their continued support and development of the sport.

"I want to thank NCB Capital Markets for their sponsorship and for their partnership in this sport," Thwaites said. "The shooting in Jamaica is far larger than what many people realise because we have in the region of 1,500 registered wing shooters in our country and so it is quite a sizeable sport for such a small population."

The annual event has become a staple on the Jamaica shooting calendar and has attracted some of the island's best shooters, including Jeffery Ziadie, Joey Chin and Leighton Sasso.


The shooters compete in eight categories, with the top three in each section being awarded trophies. Entry fee for the tournament is $3,500, which includes lunch.

The participants will have over 14 stations from where the clays will be released from at various heights - simulating the flight of birds; and they will also be equipped with golf carts to traverse the course.

In addition to the day's activities, the sponsors will be providing a bounceabout for the children and a mini-spa for adults. There will also be a media competition, with the winner receiving a special prize from the sponsors.