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Anthony Wahome, the National Gun owners Association (Ngao-k) chairman [File]

Preparations are now at an advanced stage for the upcoming IDPA pistol shoot at the Bamburi Rifle Club in Mombasa, next weekend.

International Defensive Pistol Association vice chairman Alphie Warshaw said sports shooting was not a popular sport in Mombasa until about six years ago when a few people took up shooting as a sport. 

“Bamburi Rifle Club has been operating at the Bamburi Cement quarry for the last 48 years. Membership is good though it dwindled at some point when some members had their firearm licenses revoked after the vetting exercise,” said Warshaw.

“The sport is growing thanks to experienced trainers like Sammy Onyango and Robert Nyamongo, who have been conducting monthly trainings in Mombasa .”

Women are yet to cut a niche for themselves in shooting sports. Leila Awale, a certified Range Officer and the only civilian lady shooter in Mombasa, is taking part in the competition as a novice.

Awale has been shooting for the last seven years. As a minority in Mombasa, she has had her share of challenges in the sport, but kept going.

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Awale, who won the Chairman’s Cup in 2017 in the ladies category, gives credit to her trainer, the late Bruce Bokle, for introducing tactical shooting in Mombasa.

National Gun Owners Association (NGAO-K) chairman Anthony Wahome said; “A lot of high profile guests are expected at the competition. We are looking at upgrading the Bamburi Rifle Club for it to accommodate over 8 COF’s.”

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“We have Crown Paints Kenya PLC coming in as a sponsor, same as Subaru Kenya, Seagas Ltd Kenya and highlands, among others.”

Ibrahim Ndung’u of Seagas, who is also a participant in the competition, said the sport needs to be exposed to more people.

Onyango praised chairman of Firearms Licensing Board Charles Mukindia, who gave the go ahead for the championship to take place.

Mombasa has produced top shooters like Soi Kilonzo, who is well poised to upgrade to Expert after the Mombasa event.

Novice Gold winner Omar Moosa is another upcoming shooter, who says the Mombasa shoot will be a big step in promoting shooting in Kenya.

Another Novice Elias Kavwagi won silver at the recently concluded Chairman’s Cup.

The competition will include test on speed and accuracy, drills trigger, speed drills, combat draws, evasive draws, transitions, barricades, concealment and cover, among others.

The Mombasa team is all poised for nothing short of victory in the upcoming event next Saturday that will take place in their home turf.

“We are revamping our shooting range and upgrading it to fit international standards. It is the first time that the range will be open to spectators. We welcome our brothers from Nairobi with open arms. We will learn from them,” Warshaw said. [Caroline Obuya]





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