Air Force Shooters on Target

Published on: 3:23pm on Wednesday 18th December 2013
Air Force Shooters on Target
Pistol Shooters of the Air Force performed extremely well by winning all three championships in the Man Vs Man category beating all Top National Shooters in the country during the “IPSC National Hand Gun Championship 2013 held at the firing range of the Naval Base, Welisara from 13th to 16th of December 2013.

Sergeant Wijekoon WMNAK, Leading aircraftman Fernando and Leading aircraftman Priyashan HTWJ   became the winners in the Standard Division Shoot off, Open Division Shoot off and Production Division Shoot off categories respectively. Meanwhile, Warrant Officer HMAL Herath and Leading aircraftman Priyashan HTWJ became the 1st Runner up in the Standard Division Individual Men’s and Production Division Individual Men’s events respectively. Leading aircraftman Fernando PMMR, Leading aircraftwoman Deepani Mudunkoth MGDPK and Aircraftwoman Jayakody GMDS became the 2nd Runner up in the Production Division Individual Men, Open Division Individual Womem and Open Division Junior Individual Women events respectively.

SLAF Men’s shooters team emerged Team Champions in the Production Division Men’s event and became the 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up in the Standard Division Team Event and Open Division Team Event respectively, whilst the women’s team became the 2nd runners up in the Open Division ladies category.

The event was organized by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the 23rd consecutive time and it was done under the International Practical Shooting Configuration (IPSC) rules with participation of over 180 competitors representing fourteen clubs took part under three categories viz. Open division, Standard division and Production division.

Practical Pistol Shooting is by far the most exciting and challenging Shooting Sport in the World, as it involves high speed shooting with lightening fast reflexes and movement by the shooter to engage elusive targets, based on the principle of Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC for Accuracy, Power, Speed) that are of vital and equal importance in deciding the eventual Winner. Practical Pistol Shooting is a highly spectator orientated sport as each shooter tries to shoot faster and more accurately than the others with ammunition of the required Power Factor in order to be competitive. Practical Pistol Shooting has been in existence in Sri Lanka for the last 35 years.

Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Major General (Rtd) Deshamanya Ashoka Jayawardene graced the occasion as the Chief Guest whilst, Mrs. Ranjani Jayakody Director General Sports of the Ministry of Sports witnessed the finals as the Guest of Honour. President of National Rifle Association Air Vice Marshal Kishan Yahampath, Director Naval Sport Commodore JD Amaranayake, Officials of NRA, representatives of Sport Clubs, Officers and other ranks were also present at the occasion.
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