Central Florida to Host IPSC World Shoot XVII
More than 1800 competitors will represent 88 countries
Auburndale, Fla. (January 9, 2013) – The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII may still be more than 20 months away, but preparations are well underway to host competitors from around the world October 7-19, 2014. The Handgun World Shoot is the largest event conducted by the IPSC and only occurs every three years. The most recent World Shoot event, World Shoot XVI, was held in Rhodes, Greece and previous World Shoot events were held in Indonesia, Ecuador, South Africa and Brazil.
The IPSC World Shoot is a multi-day match comprising at least 30 separate courses of fire, where the best IPSC shooters representing 88 countries from around the world vie for the title of World Champion. The competition consists of five different Divisions: Open, Classic 1911, Standard, Revolver and Production. Each Division is made up of five different Categories: Overall, Lady, Junior, Senior and Super Senior. The Handgun World Shoot competition is broken up into two segments with the pre-match competition, consisting of officials, regional director and sponsors, being contested on October 7-10 and IPSC World Shoot main match competition being contested October 13-18. All shooting competitions will be held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, Fla.
While the shooting competitions will take place in Frostproof, the city of Lakeland will serve as the hub for the International Shooting Confederation’s business and ceremonial programs during the event’s 12 days in Polk County. Downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror will serve as the backdrop for the IPSC World Shoot opening ceremonies to be held on October 12. The opening ceremonies are a true “Olympic style” ceremony that will feature a parade of nations, musical entertainment and addresses by a variety of dignitaries that will signal the beginning of the IPSC World Shoot main match. The IPSC General Assembly consisting of delegates representing shooting sports federation’s world-wide will be held at the Lakeland Center on October 11. Other aspects of the IPSC World Shoot, such as a consumer expo and international television coverage, are still in the works.
“The opportunity to host a world championship competition is a very big opportunity for Polk County and we are pleased to host this prestigious event,” said Mark Jackson, Director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing. “The economic impact alone will be a major boost for Polk County,” Jackson added. In all, the event is projected to bring 1,800 competitors to Polk County and have an estimated economic impact of $4 million.
The Universal Shooting Academy is no stranger to hosting major shooting events and national and international competitions and boasts several amenities that made it the top choice for the IPSC World Shoot. “The opportunity to bring World Shoot to Polk County is a dream come true for me,” said Frank Garcia, past World Champion Practical Shooter and owner of the Universal Shooting Academy.
IPSC Handgun World Shoot XVII Competition Schedule
October 7 –10, 2014
Pre-match competition – Universal Shooting Academy – Frostproof, Fla.
Competitor Registration – Lakeland Center – Lakeland, Fla.
October 11, 2014
IPSC General Assembly – Lakeland Center – Lakeland, Fla.
October 12, 2014
Opening Ceremonies – Lake Mirror Park- Lakeland, Fla.
October 13-18, 2014
Handgun World Shoot Competition – Universal Shooting Academy – Frostproof, Fla.
October 19, 2014
IPSC World Shoot Shoot-off – Universal Shooting Academy – Frostproof, Fla.
Closing Ceremonies – Lakeland Center, Lakeland, Fla.
Contact: Al Snow
Central Florida Sports Marketing