Namibian hunting rifle shooter, Francois “Worsie” Marais has been capped as the world shooting champion at the recently held International Hunting Rifle Shooting World Championship held at De Oude Kraal outside Bloemfontein.
Namibia Hunting Rifle Shooting Association (NHRSA) has entered four national teams as well as individual competitor’s to take part in the championship, marketing and public relations officer of NHRSA, Bets-Marié Coetzee has told The Villager.
“About 30 ladies in total enrolled to take part in this international competition. We were so excited to have been part of the international competition of this magnitude. The competition was a challenge to all who participated. All together a total of 225 shooters participated and our national teams and individual shooters did very well at the championship,” Coetzee said.
She added that Namibian shooters have proven to be a force to be reckoned as they have brought home silver medals.
In the .223 class team shoot, South Africa come out first followed by Czech Republic in the second place and Namibia come out as the third best.
The men’s open class team shoot was also won by South Africa followed by Czech Republic with Namibia coming out on third place.
In the ladies shoot category, South Africa took the winner spot while Namibians emerged as the runner ups.
The next World Championship is scheduled for 2021 in the Czech Republic and the countries that participated are Namibia, Netherland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, South Africa and Czech Republic.