Medal chance

Fiji reps to the Commonwealth Games, from left, Christian Stephen, Michael Phua and Quintyn Stephen at Rifle Range, Vatuwaqa, Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Fiji reps to the Commonwealth Games, from left, Christian Stephen, Michael Phua and Quintyn Stephen at Rifle Range, Vatuwaqa, Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Fiji shooting team has another chance of winning medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The team will take part in two disciplines – trap shotgun, one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shooting shotguns at clay targets). In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single ‘house’ or machine, generally away from the shooter.

The other discipline is double trap. It is a shotgun shooting sport where participants use a shotgun to attempt to break a clay disk flung away from the shooter at high speed.

The shooter stands 15 metres behind the house that releases the targets.

Two targets are released simultaneously from the house.,

Team Fiji Shooting section manager Henry Stephen said competing in two disciplines boosted the team’s chances.

“It is the first time Fiji will compete in the double traps,” Stephen said.

“We had never had any participation because of the lack of equipment. Now we have the equipment and we have another medal chance.

“This is the start for us to compete in more disciplines.

“It is a new thing for Fiji and we have the resources to train locally.”

Stephen said Fiji’s top shooter Glen Kable’s preparation in Australia had been on target.

“He has been training at the venue where the shooting competition will be held during the Commonwealth Games,” Stephen said.

“The other members are training in Fiji and they are doing well.”

The team will travel with members of the national contingent next Friday.