The World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities presented their Sports Shooting Ambassadors Awards 2011 to Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism, and Ms. Marina Lamprecht of Hunters Namibia Safaris, who has also served on the executive committee of the Namibian Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) for their achievements to conserve Namibia’s wildlife through hunting tourism.
This Sport Shooting Ambassador presentation is made to individuals selected for their contribution to the shooting sports. The award is presented in Nuremberg, Germany, at IWA, the International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor Articles and Accessories, where the WFSA has its Annual General Meeting. The World Forum’s Sport Shooting Ambassador Award consists of a solid silver reproduction of a 16th century pistol with its powder flask.
Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah was lauded for her Ministry’s support and promotion of sustainable trophy hunting as a conservation tool, as well as for her keynote address at the WFSA symposium, “The Ecologic and Economic Benefits of Hunting” that was held in Windhoek.
The World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities presented their 2011 Sports Shooting Ambassadors Awards to Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism, (R), and Mrs. Marina Lamprecht of Hunters Namibia Safaris (L).
Marina Lamprecht was given recognition as an extremely effective spokesperson for the African trophy hunting industry, for her pro-hunting writing and seminars, as well as her WFSA symposium address, “The Development of Trophy Hunting in Namibia from the 60s to the Present Day.”
The World Forum on March 7th, 2002, granted the Inaugural Sport Shooting Ambassador Award to the best-selling African author Wilbur Smith. Other recipients of this prestigious international award include Scottish racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart, Italian gunmaker Ugo Gussalli Beretta, and US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The WFSA Image Sub-Committee believes that in most countries, the public-at-large is denied the opportunity to understand the value of sport shooting in the wider community. The Ambassador Award aims to redress this by making public recognition of the social contribution made by some of the many public figures who have a longstanding interest in the shooting sports. This year the theme of the conference was “Hunting and Sport shooting in the 21st Century.”
The World Forum, now representing more than 30 associations, aims to raise global community awareness of the case for legitimate gun ownership. International governmental groups as well as institutions such as the United Nations have increasingly turned to the WFSA as it puts forward the views of the global gun owner. The WFSA represents over 100 million sport shooters from around the world.