THE Guyana National Rifle Association’s (GuyanaNRA) IPSC Regional Director, Harold Hopkinson, along with sanctioned handgun competitors, Dr Pravesh Harry, Ms Angelique DeGroot, the father-son combination Andrew and John Phang from Guyana Sport Shooting Fundation, travelled to neighbouring country of Suriname, for the Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. sponsored IPSC Level 3, 2019 Amazon Shoot.Battling a stomach bug that had him vomiting and nauseous, veteran hand-gunner Harold ‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson pulled off a second-place finish against his younger, fitter competitors.As the only Super Senior, the 64-year-old Security Executive, shooting an out-of-the-box CZ Shadow 2 Production gun, was thrown into the younger more agile senior class.In an invited comment, Hopkinson said he was absolutely shocked that he got the silver medal since he was not convinced that he had shot well.The Regional Director said he was proud that his team members had put up a valiant and commendable performance in front of their trainer Grand Master Ronald Brown.“They all finished just off the podium. There were 60 shooters from Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, French Guiana, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and host Suriname.”He informed that the next destination would be Trinidad and Tobago, followed by the 25th Anniversary competition of the Aruba Practical Shooting Association.Hopkinson and his team members are extending thanks to Commissioner of Police. Leslie James, DSS, DSM, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, AA, GuyanaNRA president Brigadier Patrick West, MSS, his GuyanaNRA executive and handgun captain Dale Hing, for their collective assistance in making the Suriname tour a possibility.
Tipperary is well represented on the Republic of Ireland Amateur squad to face the USA Colleges side next March.St Michael’s of Tipperary Town have four players involved – Aaron Wall, Paul Breen, Christopher Higgins and Jimmy Carr.The other two players from Tipp are Clonmel Town’s Evan Comerford and Lee Grace of Carrick United. The game against the US Colleges side is set for Saturday March 24th in Dublin.