… as part of 2018 Commonwealth Games preparationsGUYANA National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) captain Mahendra Persaud and Lennox Braithwaite have left these shores en route to the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) Fullbore Championships, set for the Connaught Rifle Range, Ottawa, Ontario from Friday.Their attendance, which has been funded in part by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), forms part of their training towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games fixed for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, April 4-15, 2018.Persaud and Braithwaite have competed at the Canadian championships in the past and were very successful. They are aiming to shine once again.. Persaud made the final on three consecutive occasions.The long-standing GuyanaNRA captain recently returned from Bisley, England after competing at the 148th Imperial Meet from June 16 to July 22. There, Persaud anchored a 4-member West Indian team to victory in the Junior McKinnon Trophy match.Persaud led the team with 95.8Vs at the two ranges, followed by Gomez 94.9Vs, St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ Chalky White 93.4Vs and T&T’s Caroline Gomez 86.4Vs. Adjutant (manager) was T&T’s Gaby Gomez.A number of team-practice matches were also held towards ensuring they are in good form for Canada. Persaud noted that they are well prepared to represent once again.“I am confident that Braithwaite and I will do well again, we have been preparing for this championship as a team over the past weeks. I would like to also say that all the preparations also form part of our hosting of the West Indies Championships which will form part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations from October 9 to 15, later this year.”Plans to put the Timehri Rifle Range in the best shape ever are ongoing with new target mechanisms being put in place, apart from making over and widening the banks.Millions of dollars have already been expended and the GuyanaNRA is still appealing to corporate Guyana to assist.The October showdown will feature the West Indies’ #1 Nation – Guyana – the reigning short and long range kings, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago as well as some of the best nations at the world level, the likes of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, USA, Scotland, Wales and the Falkland Islands.