Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan wants to make clay shooting a less-expensive sport for youngsters, noting plans are under way to make it more inclusive to allow more high schools to compete at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) level over the next two years.Azan is mindful that the sport might not be open and affordable to all young Jamaicans at the moment, but is hoping to help offset those challenges by attracting more sponsorship.”The goal is to get this (clay shooting) under the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) umbrella in 2017 or 2018, and that is going to get the sport to a different level,” he pointed out to The Gleaner in a recent interview.LOWER COSTHe continued; “It’s going to open the sport to total Jamaica, because if we can get corporate sponsorship into this sport where we can lower the cost of shooting, then we can open it to all Jamaican Schools.”Azan lauded the Sports Development Foundation, sponsors, and other local organisations, which have helped to make the sport bigger.”I am going to tell you that with the help of certain associations, the plan is to grow itmore … if you noticed Mr (Denzil) Wilks was here from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the secretary general Christopher Samuda from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was supposed to be here, but extended his apologies,” he said last Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.While praising the showing by the young talents there, the skeet club boss wants to open up the floor for even more girls and boys, who he wants to be on the same quality as overseas talents.”We are achieving a lot from year to year, my dream is where do the boys go from here and where do I view the over-seas tournaments and I think we are getting there, I see us getting closer and closer,” he outlined. “The overall picture is very positive.””The other thing that pleases me is that, we have 12 girls shooting, it’s one of those sports that bring girls into it and girls can do well,” added Azan.More than 70 shooters competed at the annual Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship at the most recent event last weekend.
Sean Gibson believes he can look at you and design you a brand new outfit in less than ten minutes. That’s some real solid confidence for a 22 year-old fashion entrepreneur with only one 12-piece collection in his portfolio. But, given how quickly those first designs sold out — within 3 weeks via Facebook and Whatsapp — there is no doubt that he’s on to something. According to his friend and business partner Jazlyn Mason, Gibson’s designs are daring to say the least. “He’ll two different prints and make them work as though they were made for each other. So it’s that combination of risky and classy elegance,” she says, that defined his debut collection. This weekend, Gibson is showcasing his second and latest collection under the theme, ‘Miss Monrovia’, The show is expected to display high quality designs made of premium African prints such as Woodin and Vlisco.The show, which is set for Friday, June 5, at the Fuzion bar on 14th Street, Sinkor, is expected to begin at 7:30 pm. According to Sean Gibson, the fashion show is to promote his designs, reaching a wider audience in Liberia and beyond.He added that the new breed of Liberian women, aware of their body type and sexuality, have embarked on a quest for designs that reflect not only their physical beauty. “My designs are for independent women who are often in the driver’s seat because they tend to hold African designs in high esteem.”These new designs, he said, will range from formal to casual.Gibson says he began designing as a hobby for his female friends while attending high school in Ghana and pretty much discovered his talent then and there. “By just looking at people’s body types,” he said, “I can imagine the kinds of fashion that will fit them. And then I sketch it on paper and what turns up is often a new design.”He disclosed that making quality styles that stand for comfort, especially on women, is one of his top priorities. As Liberia’s fashion industry makes strieds, especially with new, audacious talents sprouting all around, Gibson remains hopeful of more support. “Actually, we are improving when it comes to business. But we’re hoping to achieve more after this fashion show,” he said with a smile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)