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Ziadie takes aim at World English Sporting Clays Championship

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Errol Ziadie lines up a target while competing in the 2012 NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clay Open at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club on Sunday. - Contributed

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Many-time national champion Errol Ziadie says now that he has won the NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open, his next goal is to finish in the top five at the National Shotgun Championship.

The championship, which is scheduled for July, could see the top five finishers going on to represent the country at the World English Sporting Clays Championship, which is slated for August.

"There is the national championship coming up at the end of July and I would like to be in the top five, as we might find a team to go to England for the World Championship this year," said Ziadie.

"I have been captain of the Jamaica team on many occasions. However, all I hope to do now is to make the team, and I think I can do it," he added.

The veteran shooter, who defeated Bobby Chung 118-114 in a sudden-death shoot-off to take the Open last weekend at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, says he does not intend to challenge for a spot on the Commonwealth or Olympic Games teams.

"During the Commonwealth Games they shoot a little bit different discipline called Trap Shooting and Olympic Skeet Shooting and I think that is up for the younger players who have young eyesight and quick reflexes," said Ziadie.

"I think we have some great talent in Jamaica and great people like coach Khaleel Azan, who has done a terrific job with youngsters, and I think five years from now I think we can have a Commonwealth Games champion, or an Olympic champion."

Ziadie, who in winning the Open got the better of reigning national champion Shaun Barnes and dethroned Open champion Craig Simpson, is also calling on the Government to help develop the sport.

"We need some support from Government as it is a very expensive sport to participate in and administer, and if we are going to continually send people to these games we need assistance," he said.

"We know it is not a popular sport, but it is still a part of the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, and if Jamaica can bring home a medal it doesn't matter which sport it is in," Ziadie underlined.