Fiji is sending its first competition pistol team to the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby in July, and is quietly confident of preparing a team that will meet the high standards of competition, to hopefully earn Fiji a place on the podium, thanks to the management and staff of Williams & Goslings, who have generously given team Fiji shooters full training access to their company gym.


The PNG Pacific Games has introduced pistol events in competition for the first time, and Fiji is sending a team of shooters to compete in the shotgun and pistol events. This will be the first outing for Fiji’s pistol team and what better place to test our first time pistol competitors than at the Games for the best in the Pacific.


Fiji’s pistol team will be using the Shooting Association’s newly acquired Olympic grade Morini brand pistols, which the Shooting Association of Fiji sees as a costly but worthwhile investment, as its members and team Fiji Shooters deserve the best in their preparation for the games. The pistol team is coached by the Shooting Association Armourer, George Karountzos, who is also an experienced competitive pistol shooter, who believes Fiji has a good chance at the Games, but needs to stay focused and committed.  


The nine member Fiji team of shooters have increased their training schedules in the seven weeks before leaving for PNG and the pressure to perform is beginning to tell, as team members reshuffle their home and work commitments to include a more demanding and intense training schedule.


The shooters have been training on the RFMF Shooting Range in Vatuwaqa, which caters only for outdoor events, but needed a suitable indoor facility to prepare for the air pistol events, and is grateful to Dave Aidney, managing Director of Williams & Gosling for allowing team Fiji shooting the use of their staff gym, which has a controlled environment ideal for air pistol. Mr Aidney had special lighting and wall padding installed to facilitate the use of air pistols.


Fiji is the defending champions in the DTL shotgun events and is under pressure to equal or better this record, and will have to out- perform their Pacific rivals who have been training to unseat Fiji as defending champions. Fiji won all three team and individual gold medals at the last 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia, and while quietly hopeful of holding on to this title, Fiji Shooters will go to Port Moresby in July, under no illusions of an easy win.


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