Best juniors on show in Portmore tourney
Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter
The NCB Capital Markets Junior Sporting Clays Tournament shoots off at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore tomorrow at 10 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m.
National coach Khaleel Azan said 60 juniors have registered ranging from ages 10 to 19. They will be shooting in classes 10-12 years old; Sub Juniors (13 years old); Juniors (14-16); 17 and over; Beginners One (novice); and Beginners Two (more experienced). Defending Juniors champion Chad Ziadie will have tough competition from Nicholas Chen, Adam Ziadie and Zachary Harris while Brandon Reid, defending Sub Juniors champion, will be challenged by the likes of Andrew Azan, Fraser McConnell and Zachary Murray. Even the 10-12 category is expected to be hot with Jeremy Mahfood (defending champion) going up against Richard Lechler, Peter Mahfood and nine-year-old Zach Lazarus.
"This event is run on the same format as the World Sporting Clay event which is what I am targeting for the juniors," explained Azan. "So the top six shooters after the main event , will shoot in the arena another 25 targets which will add to their main event score." Those combined scores will determine the high overall champion, first runner-up and second runner-up.
Seminar before tournament
The day before the tournament, the participants will attend the NCB Capital Markets Young, Wealthy and Wise Investment Seminar. This forum will be held to educate young people about investment and basic money management as they prepare for a sound financial future. This will be held at Hillel Academy starting at 1 p.m. NCB Capital Markets hosted its inaugural Junior Sporting Clays Nationals last June but has been sponsoring Sporting Clays Tournament for over six years for both adults and juniors.Vernon James, NCB's vice-president of sales and client services, said the bank was partnering with the Jamaica Skeet Club to make clay shooting a choice-sporting alternative for hundreds of Jamaicans.
Presentations at the seminar will include informing the youth about types of investments, led by Tracy-Ann Spence, NCB Capital Markets portfolio manager; and 'Building My Own Business', a session conducted by Kimala Bennett of The Production Lab.
"The seminar will become a staple, not only of our shooting programme but is open and will be open to any student from any high school who would like to attend," said Azan. "We feel that there is a great need to introduce kids to simple banking and investment at an early age to assist them with their financial future."