Local sets sights on new target

2015-08-05 06:00
Giuseppe Tagliaferri is ready to represent South Africa.                                Photo:
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Giuseppe Tagliaferri is ready to represent South Africa. Photo: SUPPLIED

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LEAR Corporation MD Giuseppe Tagliaferri is not only a sharp-shooting executive, but he is also one of a handful of local clay target shooters to earn South African colours.

He has earned his place to represent South Africa in two Clay target shooting disciplines in one year with these being held on two continents-one being the ATA World Championships in Sparta USA and the other European Championship in Cestas France.

Tagliaferri, who is responsible for the Fortune 500 Company’s South African Business unit, will replace the boardroom for the range when travelling to the European DTL Clay target competition in Cesta near Bordeaux in France from August 14 to 16.

He is only the second Port Elizabethan to earn national colours in the last 5 years, the other being another automotive doyen, Clive Taverner, of the Tavcor motor group, who represented SA at the world championships in Italy last year.

The 44-year-old Tagliaferri “grew up with shooting” but has only been a member of the Port Elizabeth clay target club for two years, following in his grandfather’s footsteps by taking up the sport officially.

The chairman of the Port Elizabeth clay target club, Jimmy Prideaux, expects big things of Tagliaferri.

“We are very proud of Giuseppe’s achievement by earning recognition among South Africa’s best but I know he will surprise his international peers with great scores and fly the South African flag high.’’

Clay target shooting requires an exceptionally high level of concentration, hand-eye co-ordination and composure under extreme competitive pressure as the moving targets fly in different directions, once released by a voice-activated speaker system.

Tagilaferri believes the skills developed in Lear over 20 years, from when he joined as an engineer, will assist.

“Whereas 70% of a shooter’s success is based on pure shooting mechanics, I strongly believe 25% comes through mental focus and a further 5% from self management,’’ he said.

Tagliaferri is responsible for Lear’s seating plants in Rosslyn, Port Elizabeth and East London

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