Sheikh Ahmed on a mission to unearth ‘shooting stars’ of the future

Sheikh AhmedDubai : 26 February 2014 By: Zulfiqar Shah

The UAE’s Olympic champion Shaikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum has begun the second stage of his ambitious programme of producing champions of the future with a series of visits to schools, starting earlier this week.

Accompanied by ‘Bwardi’, the mascot of the Nad Al Sheba Shooting Clay Championship, Shaikh Ahmed’s activities got under way with a visit to the Al Qeyam Model School, Al Barsha with the aim of creating an awareness about clay shooting while building abond between children and the sport. The school visit started off with the introduction of ‘Bwardi’ after which Shaikh Ahmed gave a detailed explanation on clay shooting followed by a question and answer session. The schoolchildren also got an opportunity to watch a video of Shaikh Ahmed’s gold medal moment at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.The visits are also aimed at generating a desire among school kids and become champions of the future while attracting families to the event.

The 1st Nad Al Sheba Sporting Clays Championship will be held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, with participation of nearly 1,000 shooters from February 28 to March 5.

The championship is being organised to help inspire Emiratis to take up the sport of clay shooting while providing the opportunity to regional shooters to compete with the best from across the globe. All visits to the schools will follow a similar format that will see children in the 7 to 10 age group get introduced to the sport through a specially-designed programme called ‘Inspiratus’ followed by an interactive session between the children and Shaikh Ahmed.

During the build-up to the Nad Al Sheba Sporting Clays Championship, Shaikh Ahmed will visit other schools such as the Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah; Rashid School for Boys, Nad Al Sheba; Jumeirah Model School for Girls, Jumeirah; Zayed bin Sultan School, Al Diyafah Road and Al Nokhba School, Mirdiff.