Olympic shooter, Gaby Ahrens at the recent Western Cape Olympic Trap Championship
Two-time Olympian athlete Gaby Ahrens clearly demonstrated why she is the best sports shooter from Namibia when she secured the fourth place at the Western Cape Olympic Trap Championships in Cape Town last weekend. 32-year old Ahrens was the only female from a total of 14 participants to compete at the event. During the first round of the event, Ahrens showed great composure and character despite unfamiliar windy and rainy conditions, booking herself a place among the top six who went on to the final round.
Ahrens then just missed out on the final with one shot. She then had to shoot out for the bronze medal. Again, shooting against Botsana representative Francois Jooste, only one clay pigeon less than her opponent sealed her fate. “I’m nevertheless happy with the result as I am not used to these conditions. I want to try and compete more in Cape Town as the weather is similar to that of next year’s Commonwealth Games hosting city, Glasgow. It was good preparation,” Ahrens said. South African champion Tobie de Wet from Pretoria eventually went on to win the event, while Capetonian Richard Thompson came in second. Meanwhile Wecke & Voigts has teamed up with Ahrens and agreed a sponsorship deal with her for the next three years, up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “I’m so proud to be associated with Wecke & Voigts. Thank You for supporting me”, she said.