Bris­tol’s Hope na­tive hits his mark

Mark Hynes com­peted in shoot­ing event at Com­mon­weath Games in Scot­land

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Bris­tol’s Hope na­tive and sharp­shooter Mark Hynes com­peted July 28 at the Com­mon­wealth Games in the 50-me­tre pis­tol event.

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