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RFMF Shooters Aim For Gold

A Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) shooters team has been invited by the Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) to be part of the annual Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet
25 Apr 2018 10:55
RFMF Shooters Aim For Gold
Eight of the ten member Republic of Fiji Military Forces team who will be taking part at the AASAM 2018 competition (from left) Spr. Sevo Damudamu, Lt. Jiujiuwa Vakaloloma, Cpl. Suliano Lala, Cpl. Sitiveni Tikomaimaleya, Pte. Sakiusa Baseisei, Spr. Niumaia Ligaraki, Pte. Esala Navono and Pte. Iseri Tikoisuva at Queen Elizabeth Barracks on April 24, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) shooters team has been invited by the Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) to be part of the annual Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet (AASAM).

Team leader Major Henry Ma­comber said RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto’s reminder to the team was, “best of luck and do your best”.

He said the team had prepared well and was lucky to be trained by War­rant Officer Class One (WOI) Eliki Bera, who is the only qualified mas­ter coach within the RFMF.

57-year-old WOI Bera had been giv­en a one-year contract to train the shooters.

Major Henry Makaba of RFMF will be leadeing our 10 member team to Aasam 2018 competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Major Henry Makaba of RFMF will be leadeing our 10 member team to Aasam 2018 competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

WOI Bera said he was a master coach when he was a corporal.

He said he received his training from Australia.

As a master coach for shooting, he said, he designed the shooting course.

Commenting on the preparation of the 10 shooters he said they were prepared physically and mentally for the competition.

He said he was invited as an ob­server in the 2017 AASAM.

The winner was the Indonesian team.

“In Indonesia there was a special team trained for the competition,” WOI Bera said.

He said he had picked a young and mobile team that could be a threat to the champion.

RFMF Master coach-shooting WO1 Eliki Bera will be accompanying the 10 member team to the AASAM 2018 competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar

RFMF Master coach-shooting WO1 Eliki Bera will be accompanying the 10 member team to the AASAM 2018 competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“We’re aiming to win gold for the RFMF and the nation,” WOI Bera said.

The RFMF, he said, was invited to be part of the 2005 AASAM, but there was no invitation after the events of 2006.

He said at the competition modern weapons would be used and those weapons were also at RFMF.

The young team he said would do well in the combat shooting com­petition. “This will involve a lot of running and shooting at obstacles at different ranges.

The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet (AASAM) competition is conducted annually by the Aus­tralian Army.

AASAM has a long-standing repu­tation within the ADF, among Ar­mies of the Asia-Pacific Region, and with Australia’s traditional defence partners.

AASAM is used by the ADF to iden­tify the Champion Shot of the three Services, the Champion Unit, and to select the Australian team to com­pete in the international phase of the competition.

The Chief of the Australian Army has invited more than 20 interna­tional teams to compete in the inter­national phase of AASAM18.

AASAM18 will be held from April 17 to May 10 at the Puckapunyal Mil­itary Area, Victoria.

The Team left yesterday.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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