By: Mathias Amoah
Following preliminary qualification of athletes last November and ongoing assessment, the Ghana National Rifle Association (GNRA) has announced the provisional squad members for the Ghana National Shooting Team (GNST), the Black Snipers.
Selected members of the squad will be participating in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Granada in Spain this September.
This is the first round qualification of athletes for qualification for Rio Olympic Games 2016. The men’s team are made up of Douglas Asirifi Danquah, Emmanuel Koli Appiah, J. Dzorvakpor, Soloman Awah Enoch, Jackson Asiahkoh, and Sampson Asare Fosu.
The women team members are Mercy Chodo, Philomena Sapak, Rose Mensah Nyarko, Mary Bondzie, Grace Opare Yeboah, Veronica Asafuah Amoah, and Justina Nyuorteng.
The team Coach is Mr. Anthony Nimlaara while the team manager and Chairman of GNRA is Mr. Cillian G.Walsh.
Mr. Walsh said the teams have two medal hopefuls in two disciplines as they prepare to for the competition. He stated that as part of their preparation, they will have an intensive training at a well build facility at the Teshie Military range.
‘This will be the first time a shooting team from Ghana is competing internationally, and it affords Ghana a fantastic opportunity to compete at the highest level,’ he added.
He noted that the depth of talent at camp is very impressive especially among the female shooters competing in the 3 positions which technically is the most difficult discipline. Competition for the four Commonwealth Places is tight with only two male and two female athletes.
According to him each member of the squad is a serving member of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and has extensive experience in their chosen discipline.
The Chairman of the GNRA expressed his sincere thanks to OMA, Solmed Alliance, Scottish Caledonian Society Ghana and Ghana Armed Forces for their continued co-operation and support of the Black Snipers.