Diamond to make young guns shine

Diamond to make young guns shine
Apart from coaching here, double Olympic champion Michael Diamond (left) will also put the shooters through intensive training in Australia before they compete in major tournaments. The Singapore Shooting Association estimates that the project will cost about $200,000 to $300,000 a year.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) is banking on young guns to lift its shotgun programme from the doldrums, and has employed two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond to provide a shot in the arm.

The Australian will coach the national team until the 2015 SEA Games, visiting the Republic four times a year for about two weeks each time.

Shooters will also be sent to train with him in Australia before competing in a major event.

This is the first time a world-class shooter has been brought in to help the Republic's cause.

The 41-year-old has been tasked, in particular, with helping to develop the country's up-and-coming young shooters.

The SSA will also work with the Singapore Sports School to identify young talents for the shotgun discipline.

Said SSA president Michael Vaz: "We're in the process of getting some Secondary 3 students and even some Secondary 2s.

"My target is to win gold at the 2015 SEA Games and perhaps even qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games."

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