On the mark
Bristol’s Hope native shoots his way to national titles
Mark Hynes knows how to handle a weapon. The Bristol’s Hope native registered victories in four different events — 10 metre pistol, 50m pistol, 25m centre fire pistol and 25m standard pistol event — at the recent National Pistol Championship.
The competition, being held in Camrose, Alta., brought together the finest marksmen from across Canada Aug. 7-14.
Hynes, who lives in British Columbia, was competing in the event weeks after representing Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland July 23-Aug. 3.
In the national championships, his first title came in the 10m air pistol after a narrow victory over Matt Hendry of Saskatchewan. Hynes led heading into the final after a pair of strong qualifying matches.
The title is his first in the 10m division since 2009. Since then, he has finished in the top-3 every year.
Hynes’ qualification score in the 10m shoot has earned him the opportunity to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games selection trials. The Games are scheduled for July 10-26 in Toronto, Ont.
He followed up that win with a gold medal in the 25m centre fire competition. Hynes had previously captured this title in 2010 and 2012.
After British Columbia’s Alan Harding tied Hynes in the 50m pistol qualifying matches, Alberta’s Stan Wills put in a dominating performance in the final event that put Hynes’ title hopes in jeopardy.
However, Hynes kept pushing and beat Wills in the last shot to claim the 50m championship. He previously won the event in 2010 and 2011.
In the last event of the week Hynes swept his four matches after winning the 25m Standard Pistol event for the first time.
Hynes also plans on competing at the 11th Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico this October where he hopes to earn a spot at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ont.