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Range will help shooting here

His Majesty King Tupou VI lining up his shot at the new shooting range. Photo: SAT Media

NUKU’ALOFA-October 31: 6.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Shooting Association of Tonga wants to help promote the sport and develop the interest here, following the opening of their new Mataki’eua Clay Target Range at the Royal Grounds in Mataki’eua.

President Collin McCarthy said the range was officially opened by His Majesty King George Tupou VI on September 29.

His Majesty King Tupou VI viewing the artillery first before taking is turn at the new shooting range. Photo: SAT Media

His Majesty King Tupou VI viewing the artillery first before taking is turn at the new shooting range. Photo: SAT Media

“We were very honoured and proud of his presence and blessings for this new range,” he said.

“The Mataki’eua Clay Target Range has been appropriately named by HM King as you can clearly see Eua from this majestic viewing point.

“We are also very honoured to have HM King as our Patron, and he is an avid shooter himself which may have assisted in the allocation of this site.”

Collin said SAT began to form late last year and was incorporated in April this year, with 28 current financial members.

He said the range project started on June 8, with a site visit with Ratu Tevita Mara.

“With the grass cut, excavation began to cut and fill using the very soil here on site,” he said.

“We are still in progress with some small facilities with the number two layout to be installed later in the new year.”

He said they had secured the help of Tonga Police and Commissioner to acquire the firearms required for the sport.

He added that they also gained assistance from TASANOC and the Ministry of Revenue and Customs for the importation of Ammunition and Clays.

The shooting range under construction. Photo: SAT Media

The shooting range under construction. Photo: SAT Media

He said Clay Shooting in Tonga is now able to develop to international standards with the aim to eventually hold international events including a Tri Nations Shoot already in the planning with Samoa and Fiji.

“I would like to thank all the various Government departments for your assistance in our achievement today’s and future achievements,” he said.

“I also wish to express my thanks to the Board and Members for your support and hard work to construct and build to where we are today, even on the ‘shoe string’ budget we had.”

The SAT Board is made up of President Collin McCarthy, VP Sam Tatafu, Secretary Cmdr Brisbane (o/seas), Treasurer Daniel Jones and Assistant Secretary Fehoko Manu.

 






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