On the mark

Bris­tol’s Hope na­tive shoots his way to na­tional ti­tles

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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