AFTER the last shot was fired at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships being held at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane, two Guyanese riflemen were in the top 10 world rated shooters.Mahendra Persaud who entered the final day tied on the same score with two other shooters, had scores of 72.4 at 900yds and 68.4 at 1000yds, attaining a Grand Aggregate score of 394.24Vs and finishing in eight place.Lennox Braithwaite shot scores of 72.5 at 900yds and 70.6 at 1000yds, attaining a Grand Aggregate score of 394.40Vs and retaining his sixth place that he held at the completion of CSF Stage 2.Shooters from across the West Indies have been sending congratulatory messages to Persaud and Braithwaite on their outstanding performance for the region.The Guyana NRA Executive Council was loud in praise of their performance which also follows the shooters outstanding performance at the just-concluded West Indies Championship held in Guyana.The President of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council, Major John Nelson, sent a congratulatory message to Persaud and Braithwaite that read: “On behalf of the WIFBSC and the region’s shooting family, it gives me great pleasure to extend heartiest congratulations to Mahendra and Lennox on your very fine performance in finishing in the Top 10 of the recently-concluded individual championship at the CSF matches in Belmont, Australia. Very well-done gentlemen you both did us proud.”It was also commendable for another shooter from Trinidad, Justin Lall, to comment “Very inspiring to me. You guys are the proof that it is realistic to look at the top of the list and not the bottom.”Antigua Rifle Association wrote “I wish to join in congratulating Mahendra and Lennox on their sterling performance representing Guyana and the West Indies.They have demonstrated that we can not only compete but beat some of the larger countries. I hope you take your performance into the Commonwealth Games.”Persaud and Braithwaite are now scheduled to return to Guyana where they will continue their training in preparation for Commonwealth Games 2018.The Guyana NRA would like to appeal once more for continued sponsorship from corporate Guyana and the Government in support of our shooters.The individual and team performances have been second to none and at the highest level. The team continues to be the reigning champions for both the short and long range championships in the West Indies for the last eight years.This shows the dedication and commitment of the sportsmen, and the pride they take in giving glory to Guyana on the world stage.