1st IPSC Action Air World Shooting Championship awarded to Hong Kong
– Event expected to draw over 600 athletes from IPSC’s 102 member countries –
The Hong Kong Practical Shooting Association (HKPSA) is pleased to announce that the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) has awarded the inaugural IPSC Action Air World Shooting Championship to Hong Kong. This prestigious event will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2018 at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC).
This is not only an enormous honour for Hong Kong, but it also gives a home court advantage to local shooters, who have excelled in this particular sport for more than a decade. Over the years, Hong Kong shooters have brought home numerous gold medals from various national and regional competitions held throughout Asia and Europe.
Over 600 competitors from IPSC’s 102 member countries are expected to participate in this action-packed event. They will test their shooting skills using airguns that fire harmless plastic BBs at paper and reactive metal targets. Competitors must strive to achieve the optimum balance of speed and accuracy as they attempt to score the most points in the least amount of time for each shooting challenge.
The match will consist of 30 Courses of Fire, with each one testing different shooting skills.
This sport is particularly beneficial to youth, as it teaches them the value of sportsmanship, mental discipline, physical coordination, concentration and a positive attitude – all conducted in a safe, strictly controlled sporting environment. The skills and mental conditioning of IPSC shooting teach the values of fair competition and respect for fellow athletes – benefitting competitors both on and off the field.
Officials from the International Range Officers Association (IROA) will run the competition and supervise all activities, with the full support of local Match Officials selected from Hong Kong.
HKPSA President Ms. Emily Ngan said, “We are truly honoured that the IPSC has chosen Hong Kong to host the world’s first Action Air World Shooting Championship. This major event will bring Hong Kong to the centre stage of the global sport shooting community.”
“Entrusted with the management of such an important international sporting event, the HKPSA is making every effort to ensure all athletes and spectators enjoy the competition – and bring home fond memories of their time in Hong Kong,” she added.
Ms. Ngan concluded, “The proceeds from this not-for-profit event will help us to support the long-term training and development of young shooters in Hong Kong, preparing them to compete and win in the international sporting arena – bringing global recognition to our city and our athletes.”
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About the Hong Kong Practical Shooting Association (HKPSA)
The HKPSA is Hong Kong’s local governing body for the sport of IPSC. It sanctions and organises local competitions, and selects and approves competitors from Hong Kong to take part in any international competitions governed by the rules of IPSC.
About the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
The IPSC, founded in 1976, is the leading dynamic shooting organisation in the world. It was established to promote, maintain, improve and advance the sport of IPSC shooting, to safeguard its principles and to regulate its conduct worldwide in order to cultivate the safe, recreational use of firearms by persons of good character. The organization has established more than one hundred active regions (countries) around the world from Argentina to Zimbabwe.