Armand my eldest son gave us one big surprise this year. He started shooting at the school’s air rifle club. From the beginning he did very good and I was very proud of him.
To get provincial clothes he had to shoot 2 x 705. In August they had two competitions one on the Friday and the second on the Saturday. The Friday he shot a 699 and the Saturday he surprised everybody and shot a 756. After the competition they cleaned up the hall and then the Grade 12’s who’s last competition it was invited all the shots to go and join them and they entertained and danced for us. They really wanted to end their years of shooting on a high note. I am gonna miss some of them at next years competitions.
Although Armand did not qualify for full provincial clothes he made the under 14 b sporter team and represented his province in Gauteng in October 2014. When they called out his name and said he was chosen for the team I could not help myself, this mom cried of pure happiness and was so proud of him. He could not believe it and he smiled from ear to ear. After the team was called out we had to fill out forms and as we sat there his coach came and she told me that Armand shot himself into the team with his scores the past two days. And then we cried of joy again….
Armand also qualified for a gold medal when his team came first in one of the competitions earlier in the year. At the Gala evening they handed over all the medals and trophies for the different competitions. Just look how proud my boy is. Smiles from one ear to the other….
Then the big moment arrived the one we were all waiting for. They called out all the teams who were going to represent our province at the SA’s in Gauteng. Although we already knew Armand was going this was just finalizing everything. I had to really work hard not to cry again….
Now the hard work started. Armand wanted to qualify for his full provincial clothes while at the SA’s in Gauteng. He practiced at school and at home. He started playing with the little dumbbells to help strengthen his arms so that he could be more steady when standing and kneeling.
Here are some photo’s of Armand showing off his Western Province Kit he got at the Gala evening…
I must admit even now that I am writing about it I still get so emotional.