Jonathon Ziadie brought his dad joy in a very unique manner on Father’s Day after he upstaged his old man at the Proven Wealth Father’s Day Challenge 2013 Sporting Clay competition held on Sunday at Fairway Farms, Bog Walk, St Catherine.
The 18-year-old Ziadie, who competed in the beginners’ category, as it was his first competition, shot 72 of the 100 targets to top the E Class. The elder Ziadie, who had an off day, shot 70 for joint fifth in the B Class.
The 56-year-old Ziadie was heckled by his friends at the end of the day’s action, but was not daunted by this, as he was beaming with pride at the performance of his son.
“It was very hot today and I wasn’t at my best, but I thoroughly enjoyed the day, because I had my son alongside me and it was a pleasure to watch him shoot and at the same time beat his dad,” Ferris, who has been shooting for four years, shared. “He is a natural, as he doesn’t really shoot; this is a first for him. He came out here today and he surprised all of us.
“To see my young son come, not have the experience that I have, but come and outperform me today was wonderful, and today is really a great day for me because of that.”
Jonathon was surprised that he topped his category in the 14-station competition and was left overwhelmed that he was able to make his father proud.
“It feels great to come out here for Father’s Day with my daddy, and little did I know I was going to win first place,” Jonathon expressed. “I am brand new in the sport; I have only shot around 50 birds in my life, so I entered this competition blind and came out a humble winner.
“I am glad I made my father and my trainers Khaleel Azan and Shaun Barnes proud; it has warmed my heart. I kept my composure and my focus; nerves did come into play, but I tried my hardest and it felt good.”
Jonathon, who attends Palm Beach State College in Florida where he is doing general studies, is in the island vacationing with his father.
“I have fallen in love with this sport and I want to take it to the moon and the stars,” the enthused youngster shared. “I plan to practise in Florida, because when you love something, you should really follow it, and I do love this sport. When my father comes and visits me when I am in school, we will definitely go shooting together.”