Genuine gold medals for rifleshooters By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
May 1, 2002

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Great Britain's (GB) Paul Charlton and Dr. Kelvin Ramsey took the lion's share of medals, at the presentation ceremony of the just concluded Guyana National Rifle Association/Great Britain Friendly Rifleshooting three-day competition which ended on Monday.

Charlton who won the short range aggregate (149/19) and returned the best figure (50/6) at the 300-yard range in the individual category, also ended with the highest points in the grand aggregate 292/31) and placed second in both the first and second day's aggregates (146/14 and 146/17 respectively) and was third (49/6) at the 500-yard range on day two.

Twenty seven year old Ramsey, who was first in the long range aggregate (145/12), also came out on top, over the 600 (50/4) and 900-yard (49/6) ranges, ending the first day with the highest aggregate (146/14). On the second day, Ramsey returned 50/8 over the 300-yard range to come out on top.

For the locals, Leo Romalho was first in the individual shoot over 500 yards, while Richard Fields was first over the 1000-yard range. Romalho returned 50 points with three V-Bulls, while Fields registered 48 points with five V-Bulls.

In the grand aggregate, John Carmichael who represented GB on three occasion, finished second with 290 points 31 V's. Fields placed third (289/32), Ramsey fourth (289/25 and Peter Thompson fifth (283/25).

The winners of each of the individual competition over the 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000-yard ranges, received genuine gold medals, compliments of Gaskin and Jackson co. Ltd.

The presentation ceremony which was held at the Bank of Guyana Roof Garden, was attended by the British High Commissioner to Guyana, Edward Glover, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Gail Teixeira, Minister of Trade and Tourism Manzoor Nadir and Director of Sports Neil Kumar.

Fields who stood in for GNRA president, Michael Atherley, said his association was happy to host the visitors. He congratulated the winners and stated that the competition was of a high standard and saw both the men and women from the two teams shooting on equal footing.

The visiting captain/coach, Martin Townsend, said he was very impressed with the organisation of the meet and with what he saw of Guyana especially the Kaieteur Falls.

Townsend thanked Persaud and Ryan Sampson for their assistance during the team's stay in Guyana and presented them both with tokens.

In delivering the closing remarks, GNRA's vice-president, Neville Denny said the better team won.