NICOSIA, 22 May 2009 -
Skeet Shooting champion
Antonis Andreou can boast of having participated in the
Games of the Small States of Europe five times and of
having claimed five gold medals, a significant
achievement not just for a Skeet shooter but for any
Astonishingly he secured
his first medal in Malta in 1993 when he was still a
teenager competing against adults.
Fani Theofanous should not
be overlooked either however, as she secured 4 medals (3
gold and one silver) in the Air Rifle. She claimed her
first gold medal in the Mixed competition in Luxemburg
in 1995, as 14 years ago there were not enough female
contestants to create a women's category.
Both Andeou and Theofanous
are considered formidable candidates in this year's
Since 1989, when the GSSE
were last held in Nicosia, Cyprus secured 33 medals in
the Skeet events, 12 of which were gold, 13 silver and 8
bronze. Cyprus' first gold medal was secured in 1989 by
then champion Giorgos Sakellis in the Skeet. That same
year Petros Kyritsis (currently the Director of the
sport for CYPRUS 2009) claimed silver.
Since then Cyprus has
secured gold and silver medals in every GSSE that
featured Skeet shooting, with the exception of 2003 when
Cyprus claimed both gold and bronze.
Cyprus' first Trap shooting
medal was a bronze claimed by Christakis Kafieros, who
is now widely considered a veteran of the sport.
Eirini Pantela holds one gold and three
silver medals in the Air Pistol while Andreas Mastrou
claimed two silver medals in the Double Trap.