Azan wants to make shoot­ing more avail­able

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA SKEET Club pres­i­dent Khaleel Azan wants to make clay shoot­ing a les­s­ex­pen­sive sport for young­sters, not­ing plans are un­der way to make it more in­clu­sive to al­low more high schools to com­pete at the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA) level over the next two years.

Azan is mind­ful that the sport might not be open and af­ford­able to all young Ja­maicans at the mo­ment, but is hop­ing to help off­set those chal­lenges by at­tract­ing more spon­sor­ship.

“The goal is to get this (clay shoot­ing) un­der the In­terSe­condary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA) um­brella in 2017 or 2018, and that is go­ing to get the sport to a dif­fer­ent level,” he pointed out to The Gleaner in a re­cent in­ter­view.

LOWER COST

He con­tin­ued; “It’s go­ing to open the sport to to­tal Ja­maica, be­cause if we can get cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship into this sport where we can lower the cost of shoot­ing, then we can open it to all Ja­maican Schools.”

Azan lauded the Sports De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, spon­sors, and other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, which have helped to make the sport big­ger.

“I am go­ing to tell you that

AZAN

with the help of cer­tain as­so­ci­a­tions, the plan is to grow it more ... if you no­ticed Mr (Den­zil) Wilks was here from the Sports De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (SDF) and the sec­re­tary gen­eral Christo­pher Sa­muda from the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA) was sup­posed to be here, but ex­tended his apolo­gies,” he said last Sun­day at the Ja­maica Skeet Club in Port­more, St Cather­ine.

While prais­ing the show­ing by the young tal­ents there, the skeet club boss wants to open up the floor for even more girls and boys, who he wants to be on the same qual­ity as over­seas tal­ents.

“We are achiev­ing a lot from year to year, my dream is where do the boys go from here and where do I view the over-seas tour­na­ments and I think we are get­ting there, I see us get­ting closer and closer,” he out­lined. “The over­all pic­ture is very pos­i­tive.”

“The other thing that pleases me is that, we have 12 girls shoot­ing, it’s one of those sports that bring girls into it and girls can do well,” added Azan.

More than 70 shoot­ers com­peted at the an­nual Dig­i­cel In­ter-School Clay 50 Birds Cham­pi­onship at the most re­cent event last week­end.

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