Some local cadets have earned a berth in the provincial biathlon competition coming up in the New Year on the west coast.
Straight shooting and rapid running have earned some local army cadets a berth in the provincial biathlon competition in Corner Brook in January.
On Nov. 15, members of Bay Roberts’ 2372 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corp’s biathlon team competed at the zone championship competition at Gushue’s Pond Park.
The course consisted of three kilometres of running, and 10 shots at 10 targets. Cadets run one kilometre, shoot at five targets, run another kilometre, shoot at five more targets, and run a final kilometre, with penalties assessed for missed targets.
The girls’ team finished first, with a combined team time of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 12 minutes. The top finish means they will automatically compete in the provincial biathlon competition in Corner Brook, Jan. 29-31.
A win at provincials would mean the team would then move on to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the national competition in Valcartier, Que.
Individual members of the girls’ team also did well: April Squires finished with a time of 22 minutes and 37 seconds, the second-best individual time in the junior girls category; Kelsey Barrett rounded the course in 20 minutes and 19 seconds, finishing fourth individually in the senior girls’ category; and Emily Hurley finished in 20 minutes and 16 seconds, second overall in the youth girls category.
While the boys’ team finished fourth, they could still possibly compete in the provincial championship as a wild-card team. The boys’ team also featured strong individual performances from Jordan Squires, who finished the course in 19 minutes and 6 seconds, third overall in junior boys, and Daniel Taylor, whose 22 minutes and eight seconds placed him fourth overall in junior boys. Stephen Bradbury competed in the youth boys’ category, finishing in 24 minutes and 35 seconds.
Photo courtesy of Wendy Barrett
2372 RCACC cadets, from left, Emily Hurley, Kelsey Barrett and April Squires pose with their gold medals (and the Olympic torch!) at the competition Nov. 15.