Barnes tops Shotgun Classic, eyes Commonwealth Games

SHAUN Barnes got in the zone ahead of his preparations for the Commonwealth Games when he copped the Proven Wealth Management Father’s Day Shotgun Classics at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore on Sunday.

Barnes, who shot 90 out of 100 birds, was the highest overall winner on the day, one bird ahead of Brett Thwaites who finished in second position with 89 birds.

He had earlier teamed up with his dad John Barnes to tally 174 birds, but both were beaten into fourth spot in the two-man team class. The class was won by Isabelle and Gerry Chin who tallied 185 birds, ahead of Joley and Joey Chin 183, with Khaleel and Andrew Azan claiming third spot with a total of 176 birds.

“This was a really good competition; it is something that we as shooters look forward to every year… I got the opportunity to shoot with my father and his squad mates, and it was a joyful experience,” Barnes told the Jamaica Observer.

The 33-year-old, who will depart the island on July 18 for the games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland where he will be competing in the Olympic trap shooting event, noted that he is not where he would like to be in terms of his preparation.

“I am really way behind; persons who I will be competing against probably started their preparations from January, We are a little bit late in our preparations as we are in the process of getting the infrastructure in place for me to practise, and once that is out the way, then my preparations will commence.

“Despite all of that I am still getting the opportunity to represent the country, which is always something good. I will be breaking new ground because it is the first that anybody from Jamaica will be attending the Commonwealth Games to compete at Olympic trap shooting,” he explained.

Geoffrey Ziadie, with a tally of 88 birds, won Class A in a shoot-off ahead of Ian Banks, who also ended with 88 birds, and Richard Azan Jr with 86 birds.

Ruel ‘Tuffy’ Chung defeated Gerry Chin in a shoot-off to top the B class after they both ended with 81 birds, as Jefferey Panton finished third with 76 kills.

Class C was won by junior shooter Andrew Azan, who had 80 kills ahead of Nickolai Clarke 74 and John Barnes with 73. Kirk Miller with 57 kills won the D class in a shoot-off ahead of James Chen, who also shot 57, and Nick Chai Chong, who shot 54 birds.

The E class was romped by Matthew Josephs, who shot 72, defeating David Shoucair Jr (62) and female shooter Jolie Chin (61), who claimed third spot after defeating D’Andre Simpson (61) in a shoot-off.

Chin then returned to top the Girl Class with 61 birds ahead of Isabelle Chin (58) and Camille Chin (48). Asaf Koren captured the Hunters Class with 64 kills, with Roman Pitter (58) and Yuri Harris (53) in second and third, respectively.

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