MANILA, Philippines – Former Olympian Jethro Dionisio and the Philippine Shooting team scored it big at the recent 2013 Australasian IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) Handgun Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The team won a total of 30 gold, 22 silver and 11 bronze medals in the competition participated by 750 shooters from 25 countries.
The Philippines clinched the gold medals in four out of five individual divisions. It also reaped gold medals in the team awards in four out of five divisions.
Dionisio nabbed the overall title for the Standard Division with 1992.4398 points, while Jeufro Emil Lejano took the lead in the Production Division with 1910.0408 points.
Philipp Chua, also of Team Philippines, ranked first at the Revolver Division with 2032.3391 points.
The Philippine team, whose firearms and training requirements were supported by top firearm manufacturer Armscor Philippines, also dominated the following categories: Classic Division with 5484.3188 points; Junior Division with 4604.0492 points; Production Division with 5496.1104; Revolver (Standard) Division with 4255.7329 points; and Standard Division (General Category) with 5708.6417 points.
Team Philippines’ Nelson Uygconco placed second at the overall match and the Classic Division, while Edcel John Gino ranked third overall for the Open Division.
The team also copped second place finishes at the Open Division General Category, Ladies Category and the Seniors Category.
“Everyone’s happy with the results considering that we had a hard time training since the preparations coincided with the gun ban. We all waited for our permits before we could train,” said Dionisio.
“I believe the awards that the Philippines reaped in this year’s Australasian competition are more than the previous ones. I think the results of the competition definitely elevated the state of the sport in the country,” said the six-time world shooting champion.
Some 120 shooters coming from various areas in the country represented the Philippines, with top firearms and ammunitions manufacturers a major sponsor donating close to P3 million worth of ammunition for training.
“Armscor is committed to training and honing the next generation of competitive shooting champions. Our continued support for practical and competitive shooting is also our contribution to Philippine sports,” said Gina Marie Angangco, Armscor senior executive vice president and deputy chief executive officer.
The 2013 Australasian IPSC Handgun Championships is one of the most prestigious pistol matches that draws top-class pistol shooters from all over the world.