SA’s Sport Shooting future lies in young hands

SA’s Sport Shooting future lies in young hands

by Hamish Deal

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Last year was my final year at Bastion Primary School, meaning I was under much pressure to do well at school with both my studies and my hockey. I was fortunate to have been selected to go to Durban on a hockey tour. In-between all of this, I had to fit in my shooting and get time on the range. Even though I had much fun shooting in 2016, it was a tough year for me, because I needed to do well at school and on the range, as I am very dedicated to all of my sports. I was very lucky and got a huge surprise when my father told me that Frontier Bullets had decided to sponsor me. I really enjoy shooting with their bullets, which are the only bullets I use.

I have dedicated status with NHSA now, as well as SAPF (South African Pistol Federation). I shot in 38 events last year and earned 67 points, even though I only need 20 points for dedicated status. Although I am satisfied with my results during the last year, as I came second in the Bronze Class in Carry Pistol as well as Pocket Gun, I would like to shoot better this year. In October 2016 I shot in the Western Province Championships for the second time, and was the only junior NPA shooter. In December, during the school holidays, I studied for my competency exams and as well as the law, handgun, shotgun, manual loading rifle and semi-automatic rifle competency, which I passed. This was necessary for me to have joint licences for my guns. This year, my father took my CZ75 to Bullet Central Africa where a custom competition rear-sight was fitted, and I have been practicing at Bellville Pistol Club. My shooting has improved a lot, and if I continue to shoot like this, I know I will be able to reach higher levels. I would really like to win my division, obtain WP colours, and make my club proud! This year is my first year at High School, and I have found it to be a very busy year thus far. I am proud to be a Stellie, and I hope Stellenberg High School will also support me in my shooting. I have entered the SAPF National Championship in April at the Bellville Pistol Club.

Thank you to everyone who continue to support me, including my father.

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