Bristol’s Hope native hits his mark
Mark Hynes competed in shooting event at Commonweath Games in Scotland
A Bristol’s Hope native flew to Scotland with the Canadian shooting team to compete at the Commonwealth Games on July 28.
Mark Hynes went to Glasgow to participate in an event that has been around for more than a century, the 50-metre pistol.
Mark, along with 15 other Canadians, were named to the team in mid-July, and competed in 13 different events throughout the two-week long competition, July 23 to Aug. 3.
The 50-metre event consists of a marksman shooting a pistol at a target 50-metres away with a .22 caliber bullet. The shooter gets 60 individual rounds of ammunition to use within an hour-anda-half using only one hand.
“The competition will be quite stiff in Scotland,” Hynes said prior to leaving Canada. “It will be great to represent Canada at such a prestigious event.”
The competition consisted of a preliminary round, where the Top-8 continued on to the finals. Mark earned 14th place with a score of 527, eight points short of qualifying for the final.
It has been five years since Mark, who now lives in British Columbia, first competed on the international scene. In 2009, he represented Canada at the World Military Shooting Championships in Croatia.
Since then, the 40-year-old has competed at two World Cups in the United States and a continental championship in Brazil.
But how exactly does a young man growing up in Bristol’s Hope take up a sport like shooting?
His father, Ray Hynes, is also an expert marksman.
A retired RCMP officer, who still resides in Bristol’s Hope, Ray taught Mark how to shoot in the 1980s. He was also the coach of the Canada Summer Games pistol shooting team for several years.
In 1991, Mark and a teammate from Labrador brought home bronze medals from the Canada Games. In 1993 he won the Canadian Air Gun Pistol Championships in Quebec.
Mark is also a member of the Canadian Forces and has competed in shooting events as a member of the Canadian Military Rifle team.
His skill level has since grown, and he is now capable of competing among the best in the world. Awards Mark’s accomplishments is in the sport are plentiful, and he continues to make a name for himself nationally through his success.
He has received many national awards over the years, including a third place finish at last year’s national championship and was also named national champion in the 50-metre pistol twice.
Mark’s next big competition when he returns from Scotland will be the 2014 Canadian nationals in Camrose, Alta.
The world championship in Granada, Spain, and the continental championship in Guadalajara, Mexico, later this fall will also see Mark compet for those titles.
Bristol’s Hope native and sharpshooter Mark Hynes competed July 28 at the Commonwealth Games in the 50-metre pistol event.