NHRSA to host competition
By Michael Uugwanga
THE Namibian Hunting Rifle Shooting Association (NHRSA) is set to host its third regional championship of the year from September 23 to 24 at Otjiwa Lodge, Otjiwarongo following events in February in Tsumeb and in Swakopmund last month.
The competition will also see members, non-members, member spouses, U-16, non-members taking part in the .223 class team shoot and in the open tournament.
NHRSA is affiliated to the International Hunting Rifle Shooting Association (IHRSA) with Namibia having previously hosted the world championship in 2016 which saw the Namibian male team rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best hunting rifle shooting countries such as Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa.
NHRSA is also registered with the Namibia Sports Commission in order to develop the sport countrywide.
Speaking to Confidente Sport, NHRSA marketing and public relations officer, Bets-Marié Coetzee has said that the September event is open to everyone and that the association will be encouraging the participants to observe Covid-19 protocols.
“This will be our third regional competition for the year and second championship after lockdown. The September competition will be known as the King Price NHRSA Shoot competition, thanks to King Price who came on board. We are hoping to get more sponsors on board. This will be a corporate team event … everyone is welcome to register regardless of gender. Individual shooters are also welcome.”
Entry fee per team is N$1 500. Competition fee for a member is N$150, member spouse N$100, member child U-16 N$100, non-member N$300, non-member spouse N$200 and non-member child U-16 N$200. Entries close on 21 September and there will be a N$100 penalty for late entries. Regarding safety measures taken during past events, Coetzee said, “Even with Covid-19 as part of our lives now, we still had a good outcome. All participating members and range officers ensured that shooters kept a safe distance during the events, sanitisers were at all shooting ranges and masks and buffs were part of every participant’s outfit.”
The current corporate teams that have already entered the completion are main sponsor King Price, Sandworks, Outdoor Centre, ISAP ladies, Ombiliha Meat Centre, Agra, Rosenthal, Safari Den AMS, Karoo Ochse, Proweld Steel Construction and ISAP men.
Namibia is home to the world’s best shooter in Francois ‘Worsie’ Marais who won the International Hunting Rifle Shooting World Championship in South Africa in 2018.