The newly elected president of the Namibian Hunting Rifle Shooting Association (NHRSA) Pieter Vorster has promised to take the sport to new heights to accommodate all interested hunters and shooters in the country.
Vorster, who was elected during the NHRSA year-end function held recently at a game lodge at the outskirts of the capital replacing Dirk Nesenberend, highlighted the achievements of the Association in its first two years of existence prior to the AGM.
“NHRSA is only two years old but has accomplished a lot already. Not only did we grow to the largest shooting discipline in Namibia, but also hosted the world championship in Windhoek this year, hosting shooters from 6 countries,” the newly-elected NHRSA president beamed.
There are 100 members affiliated to the association who are all eligible to obtain national colour as the Association is a member of the Namibia Sports Commission.
Vorster said the main objective of the NHRSA is to promote hunting rifle shooting to all hunters and shooters in Namibia.
The Association further aims to engage and compete with other member countries of the International Hunting Rifle Shooting Association and promote hunting rifle shooting as a sport that advance accurate shot placement amongst hunters all over the world.
Vorster noted these could be achieved by offering hunters the opportunity to improve their skills with hunting rifles on suspended steel targets, and paper targets of animals commonly hunted, as well as hunting rifle shooting matches that are shooting contests of variable and non- standard format that examines practical marksmanship as it occurs in the hunting field.
“Our vision for 2017 is specifically is to promote this to the youth of Namibia. Not only is the skill of proper use of a hunting rifle important to young Namibians, but the strict application of set rules regarding the proper and safe use of a firearm also hone our young shooters in overall discipline, which is key in characteristic in all facets of such kids life going forward. Furthermore it’s a family sport, were dad, mom and kids can simultaneously compete bringing families and friends together” said Voster.
There were some moments of emotions when they paid tribute to departed members like Auntie Toeks Jansen, Harold Sax and Sven Ahrens who was the brother of Gaby Ahrens who represented Namibia at the Olympics games in Brazil this year and was also the flag bearer for Namibia in 2012 summer Olympic Games in London.
Top achievers were acknowledged for their outstanding performance throughout the year with Francoise (Wors) Marais jnr scooping sportman of the year award, while sportwoman of the year went to Cornel Van Der Westhuizen.
The most improved man was taken by Dirk Nesenberend and most improved woman title was awarded to Karol Woortman.
The juniors were also acknowledge for their achievements with Bothma Keyser scooping the best junior shot of the year award, while Wathy Van Der Wath got best all over average for the year award.
NHRSA is non-profit organisations which rely mainly on membership and sponsors to go forward and applauded everybody who contributed to the sport to reach the next height.