WHFTA 2010 World HFT Championships
2010 will see the introduction of an international team competition. Each national team will consist of 6 shooters with their top 4 scores counting towards their national team score. Each national governing body will appoint a team manager to look after team selection, UKAHFT have appointed the following to look after selection for our home countries:
England - Pete Dutton
Scotland - Kenny Weddell
Wales - Pete Sparkes
The England team will be the top 6 Open Class finishers in the 2009 UKAHFT series.
Unfortunately this year we were badly let down by a few shooters who had initially volunteered for a marshalling stint but then didn’t turn up, luckily we had a few shooters who took up the slack & did more than their share….Thanks guys.
In 2010 it will be part of the entry criteria for all adults, unless some disability exists, to make up a pool of shooter from which we will pick the marshals. If chosen, each marshal will only be required to do a 1hr stint over the weekend.
From shooters comments it’s clear that there were too many zero boards out during the competition, next year we will have less per distance & they will only be in yards as both metres & yards were very confusing to some shooters.
Unfortunately it is also necessary for us to marshal the zero range at all times as there were a number of safety infractions during the weekend:
• The water pipe in the middle of the range was initial shot at on Sunday morning, this may have been by accident, CF’s closed the range for a short period to put bails around the water pipe to protect it. By Sunday afternoon shooters had specifically targeted the exposed tap on top of the bails resulting in a leak which lead to the whole water supply for the site to be closed to allow repairs.
• A number of caravans behind the zero range were shot at, it is not clear whether this was by accident from shooters aiming at the top of the close targets or from shooters messing about ? Next year there will be a taller sheet fence to stop this happening.
• There were a total of 17 different range boards (M & Yds) on the zero range, these were marked both sides by range boards. These 34 range boards were to be placed in storage for next years competition, however on examination most of these distance boards have been shot at.
In 2010, any competitor found to be shooting anything other than the designated zero targets will be immediately removed from the competition.
There will be one toilet on each of the two courses & two toilets in the entrance way to our shooting area, it was noted that quite a few of the public were pushing through our tent to access our toilets, this was not conducive to good security & we did have one Tankard go astray over the weekend.
At the request of a number of shooters, CF’s have agreed to erect a gazebo in which shooter can store their bottles & other equipment. Please be aware that this area will not be secure & neither CF’s or the WHFTA can accept responsibility for anything stored there.