Hoffmann excels at South African Shooting Grand

WINDHOEK; Namibian shottist Oliver Hoffmann won two medals at the recent South African Shooting Grand competition in Johannesburg.

A media statement issued by the Clay Target Shooting Association (CTSA) of Namibia on Wednesday indicated that the 15-year-old from Windhoek secured a gold medal in the Mackintosh category and a silver medal in the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) division.

Hoffmann competed in the Under-20 age category and won gold when he scored 288/300 during the Mackintosh event which took place from 29 April to 03 May 2015.

The statement explained that in the Mackintosh event, participants earn three points if the target is hit with one shot, two points for the second shot but no points if there is a double miss.

Hoffmann’s score therefore means that he only missed three targets but hit three the second time around, thus giving him a total score of 288 of a maximum of 300.

“This is a remarkable achievement, considering it was the first time Hoffmann participated in this event and against vastly experienced competition from the local clubs in South Africa,” said the CTSA.

Hoffmann’s silver medal came courtesy of another top-notch performance in the ATA category, where he shot at 200 targets, gaining a single point per hit. He scored 183 missing a mere 17 pigeons.

“Eager to build on this success, the CTSA will be sending Hoffmann to a youth training camp in Italy soon, where he will be exposed to some of the best coaches in the world,” it stated.

The camp will focus on teaching him the most important skills in shotgun shooting such as technical aspects, psychology and fitness.