Samoa won Silver and Bronze Medals in New Zealand Oceania Shooting Competition held last month in Pukekohe on the 21 to 23rd April.
Both were won by Samoa’s only junior shooter, 15 year old, Franco Caffarelli.
With limited time available for practice due to schoolwork, he managed to secure a Silver Medal in the Single Rise junior category. Australia took the lead with at total of 99 points followed by Franco with a total of 98 points and New Zealand at 97 all out of a 100 shots.
Franco also finished in third place with a Bronze medal for his overall aggregate score over this three day competition.
It was a great achievement by the only junior shooter for Samoa to take 2nd place and go on to secure 3rd place in the overall.
A total of nine countries participated in this year’s 2016 Oceania shooting competition.
They included Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and for the first time Tonga was present.
Competition consisted of the top 8 shooters from each country including junior shooters between the ages of 13 up to 20 years of age.
The other Samoan shooters fell just short of medals given tough competition from other countries’ best shooters. Australia and New Zealand have a vast pool of good shooters to choose from considering the many different shooting clubs they have around the country.
Samoa like other Pacific island countries only has a handful of shooters to choose from.
This was quite evident during competition as Australia and/or New Zealand mostly took 1st or 2nd places in the disciplines.
The next Oceania Shooting competition will be held at the same location in New Zealand in 2018 and will now also include female shooters with also a juniors women’s division.
Samoa Shooting Federation is already on track with a couple of additional female and male shooters to improve its pool of shooters for the next upcoming international events. The next main local event will be a competition to celebrate Samoa’s Olympic Day which is expected around the 3-4th June 2016 during Samoa Independence day.