Mohamed Noor (centre) checks his score from a Safety Officer during the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Tier 1 match at the Kirigiti Shooting Range, Kiambu County. [Courtesy]

They say passion begets commitment, and nobody knows this better than Mohamed Noor Ahmed.

The Corporal drove more than 400km from his post at Kapenguria Police Station to Kiambu to take part in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Tier 1 match at the Kirigiti shooting range.

Noor, who scored the highest points and was first in the Marksman Class, Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP), division was elated by his win.

Speaking to Standard Sports after claiming his prize, the police officer explained the importance of the event in helping him handle firearms properly.

“I like shooting. I am a police officer based in the Kapenguria Police Station, West Pokot County.

Each time there is a shooting event, I request to take off days, which my boss humbly grants me. I am now one of the top shooters and I’m happy with that,” he said.

Noor went on, “I feel proud of myself for having won the ESP Maximum category, considering the long journey from Kapenguria to Kiambu, at least I will go back home with a trophy.”

“I am passionate about [the art of] shooting. I am now one year old in shooting and already have five trophies in my career. I would like to progress further with my passion.”

The shooting competitions are meant to give police officers experience in handling firearms.

Noor said after a year, he now holds a certificate in safety as well. “I can run a range, classify, train on the basics and hazards of shooting negligently,” he added.

The police officer says he hopes to represent Kenya on the international stage and hopes the September IDPA Championships will help him realise his dream.

“I want to move to higher ranks (shooting) in the future. At the moment I am a sharpshooter but I want to move to the expert level then to the master level, which is the highest rank in the shooting event.

Noor says he is currently preparing for the IDPA African Championship to be held at Kirigiti in September.

The National Gun Owners Association of Kenya on Saturday held the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Tier 1 match at Kirigiti.

Mohamed Noor (left) receives his Marksman ESP high award during the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Tier 1 match at the Kirigiti shooting range, Kiambu county. [Courtesy]

The tournament acted as a benchmark for all divisions of Kenyan shooters on what to expect at the 2021 IDPA Africa Championship set for September 2-5 at the range.

The tournament has 10 stages located in 10 bays. The shooting range holds 11 bays.

More than 50 shooters registered to take part in the tournament, which included diverse divisions of shooters, each with different categories.

The divisions include Stock Service Pistol (SSP), Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP), Concealed Carry Pistol (CCP), Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC), Carry Optics, Ladies, Military, Law Enforcement, Most Improved and Most Accurate.

Shooter categories including Masters, Experts, Sharpshooters, and Novice also had a chance to display their skills in the Tier 1 match.

NGAO-Kenya vice-chair Gikonyo Mwangi expressed confidence in the Tier 1 match, saying he expects Kenyans to put on a tough show come September.

“We are preparing the shooters in terms of how to register and score. We are also teaching the Principal safety officers how to run a match,” said Gikonyo.

Gikonyo emphasised the need for Kenyan shooters to prepare well, considering the championship would be Tier 4 instead of today’s Tier 1.

“We are having a Tier 4 tournament in September. The minimum requirements you have to be a Marksman. In today’s Tier 1 match, we have novices, experts and masters,” he added.

“We are hoping everyone will have time out during the championship. Most of the people you see in this Tier 1 tournament will be participating in the September event.”

“We are trying to put all the rules in place and make sure everything is adhered to ahead of the championship in September. We have tried our best to try to replicate what will happen in September, however, the courses are not the same. It’s just to get a feel and lift the team’s adrenaline before the tournament” said shooter and stats man Mahir Omar.

Earlier in the month, the national shooting team travelled to Mombasa for another competition in preparation for the championship held at the Bamburi Rifle Club under strict Covid-19 guidelines.

This is after Kenya was given a clean bill of health to proceed in preparing to host the showpiece event.

Speaking to The Standard Sports, after touring the shooting range, IDPA’s International Point of Contact in Africa Dr Vivian Whatley said he was impressed with Kenya’s state of preparedness to host the championship.

“The reason I’m here is to promote IDPA in Kenya and by extension the upcoming African championship set to be held in Kenya. All stages meet the IDPA requirements; the sidewalls and backstops are very good and safe for an International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooter to shoot downrange,” said Dr Whatley.

The IDPA is the governing body of sports shooting that simulates self-defense scenarios and real-life encounters. It currently has a worldwide membership of over 25,000 in 70 countries including Kenya. The Africa Championships is expected to attract over 200 foreign shooters as well as 200 local shooters. This is the first time such a championship is being held outside South Africa since the inception of the IDPA in 1996.

Here is a list of the results:

DIVISION WINNERS

SSP HIGH – Ibrahim Ndung’u

ESP HIGH – Eric Wachira

CCP HIGH – Mahir Omar

CO HIGH – Tony Karanja

PCC HIGH – Geoffrey Pesa

MASTER CLASS

SSP DIVISION

1. Ibrahim Ndung’u

2. Mohammad Omar

ESP DIVISION

1. Eric Wachira

2. Sammy Onyango

3. Ashu Sennik

EXPERT CLASS

SSP DIVISION

1. Daniel Mutiso

2. Wilson Kabugi

3. Memba Muriuki

ESP DIVISION

1. Samuel Chacha

2. Mike Kiptanui

3. Alex Migwi

CCP DIVISION

1. Mahir Omar

2. Thomas Kiilu

PCC DIVISION – Geoffrey Pesa

CARRY OPTICS DIVISION

1. Tony Karanja

2. Sunny Syan

SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

SSP DIVISION

1. Peter Njoroge

2. Joshua Vundi

3. Paul Maina

ESP DIVISION

1. Alykhan Keshavjee

2. Moses Rono

3. Boniface Muthengi

CCP DIVISION

1. Geoffrey Rono

PCC DIVISION

1. Sylvester Gitau

2. Adan Barrow

MARKSMAN CLASS

SSP DIVISION

1. Alex Onyapidi

2.  Irene Ndunda

3. Issa Issa

ESP DIVISION

1. Mohamed Noor Ahmed

2. Satnam Channa

3. JoyEmily Nyaga

PCC DIVISION

1. Ibrahim Anous

2. Elizabeth Onyango

3. Alvince Osura

NOVICE CLASS

SSP DIVISION

1. Peter Odindo

2. Agatha Muchiri

3. Brenda Ajiambo

ESP DIVISION

1. Francis Papa

2. Paul Mulia

CCP DIVISION

1. Patrick Makau

MILITARY

1. Irene Ndunda

2. Agatha Muchiri

3. Brenda Ajiambo

LAW ENFORCEMENT

1. Daniel Mutiso

2. Aden Barrow

3. Mike Kiptanui

LADIES

1. Elizabeth Onyango

2. Irene Ndunda

3. Agatha Muchiri

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