Fiji and Tahiti win final golds at the Shooting
It was the final show down at Tafaigata today with the DTL points score single barrel shotgun event capping a successful week of world class shooting at Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.
Glenn Kable of Fiji won gold in the individual category, while Moeva Bambridge, Pascal Brettes and Tuana Degage topped the podium in teams.
“I’m feeling very comfortable, excited and happy, a whole range of emotion,” said Kable. “The competition ran very well, the grounds look very good, the hospitality has been fantastic and everything’s run smoothly.”
Across the different shooting categories scores were up over previous games.
“The competition’s been intense and I’d like to think that shooting in the Oceanic region will get a boost from the levels shown here this last few days.”
Lords Fatafehi Kinikinilau Lolomanaia Fakafanua competed for Tonga in shooting. (Pacific Games News)
Franco Jr. Caffarelli of Samoa won silver after dropping a target in his first round losing a full three points finishing with 296 to Kable’s 299 out of 300.
Tuanua Degage of Tahiti won bronze with 295 and dedicated his medal to Louis Provost, President of the Tahitian shooting club.
He was also part of the gold medal winning team. In that event New Caledonia’s Fabrice Azzaro, Kevin Le Pigeon and Marion Roumage won silver. Caffarelli joined his Samoan team mates, Leasi Galuvao and Paul Loibl to win bronze.
Lords Fatafehi Kinikinilau Lolomanaia Fakafanua current Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga was among the shooters. It was his first Pacific Games and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lord Fakafanua has a message to younger generation who wants to pursue shooting as a sport.
“Give it a try, never give up and train as hard as you can and be as prepared as well as you possibly can be.”
While competition was fierce, the spirit of camaraderie was strong, like any shooting meet anywhere in the world.
All the teams enjoyed delicious food and music on Friday evening - part of Team Samoa and the Shooting Federation of Samoa way of saying thank you and congratulations to everyone involved.