The tournament held to identify talent in10m Air Rifle and Air Pistol Shooting, The 1st Sharpshooterz Hunt, concluded at Colonelz SharpShooterz at Model Town Jalandhar. Over 200 children from all over Punjab, Haryana and Himachal participated in the tournament, which was held over five days. Medals were given away to the winners in as many as twenty six categories, including a special category for special children and handicapped persons.
Sh GS Sandhu, Commandant and Deputy Director(Indoor Training), Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Academy, Phillaur gave away the prizes to the winners.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sandhu said “Such initiatives are welcome as they gave excellent exposure to the children at an early stage in their shooting careers. Shooting provides an opportunity to individuals to excel even without a team. With the private sector taking keen interest in the sport, the game is bound to become more popular amongst the youth”.
Mrs Navneet Nagpal, the MD of Colonelz SharpShooterz, told media persons that their aim was to promote the sport of 10m shooting. They want to take Jalandhar and Punjab on the world shooting map. For this purpose the range provides world class facilities such as imported weapons, best quality pellets, and a national level coach. International players regularly interact with the members and give them tips for improvement. In just six months of operations, they already have two members who have qualified for the national level.
Earlier International Judge, former Indian Team Coach and EX IGP, Sh Tejinder Singh Dhillon had given tips to the shooters during the opening ceremony. In attendance to share his experiences was Indian National shooting team member Ajitesh Kaushal.
Children were seen keenly taking part in the 1st SharpShooterz Hunt, which had a special category for children below 12 years of age to spot the talent at an early age. For the first time, a category had been introduced for special children and handicapped persons also, in which children of Cambridge International school took part. This are besides the regular sub junior, junior and senior categories for both boys and girls as per the NRAI and ISSF rules.