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17 July 2013 | in Sport Shooting, Summer Universiade

Family Time


South Africa’s Alistair Davis lines up for the Men’s Double Trap semi-final

Alistair Davis and father Frank KAZAN - For 21-year-old Alistair Davis, spending quality time with his father doesn’t quite involve the usual ‘watching a game on television’ or ‘standing around a barbeque.’ No – for this talented shooter, father-and-son bonding involves shooting at clay pigeons twice a week for hours on end. For Davis, the 2011 African Shooting Champion, at his side, through every competition and training session, stands his manager, personal administrator, coach and father, Frank.

Davis, who also participated in the London Olympics last year, took part in his first Universiade in Kazan, and was two points away from qualifying for a medal place, finishing fifth in the semi-final of the Men’s Double Trap.

“I am happy and unhappy,” the University of Pretoria student laughed, explaining that he was disappointed to be eliminated but excited to have shot his personal best en route to the semi-final.

The only South African representative at this event, Davis felt the level of competition at the Universiade was really high, but has thoroughly enjoyed the Universiade, highlighting one aspect in particular that he has enjoyed.

“The Village is awesome! And the food! I’ve had to go for a run a few times,” he laughed.

Father and coach Frank Davis said he loves travelling around the globe with his son, though watching him “can be nerve-racking at times.” He described the competition in Kazan as “fantastic” and “very professional”, having really enjoyed his time in Russia.

The duo’s next family trip is planned for 2014, where Alistair is aiming to compete in the Commonwealth Games. Yet Brazil 2016 is the ultimate destination, and should Alistair continue as he has, the one souvenir he wants to bring home just may be gold.

 

Fabio De Dominicis/FISU Young Reporter (RSA)

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