Campbell tak­ing break

Bed­eque res­i­dent to fin­ish uni­ver­sity de­gree

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON SIMMONDS

“I am tak­ing this year off from rac­ing to fo­cus on school and fin­ish my gen­eral man­age­ment de­gree. It was (a) very tough (de­ci­sion), but you have to de­cide some­time. I want to fin­ish the de­gree for now.” Caitlin Campbell

Caitlin Campbell is tak­ing a break from com­pet­i­tive biathlon.

“I am tak­ing this year off from rac­ing to fo­cus on school and fin­ish my gen­eral man­age­ment de­gree,” ex­plained the 20-yearold daugh­ter of Robert and Ch­eryl Campbell of Bed­eque dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view with the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer. “It was (a) very tough (de­ci­sion), but you have to de­cide some­time. I want to fin­ish the de­gree for now.”

The Com­mu­nity of Bed­eque and Area re­cently rec­og­nized Campbell and her 22-year-old brother, Carsen Campbell, for their ac­com­plish­ments in the sport of biathlon lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

In a re­cent story in the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer, Carsen talked about pur­su­ing a spot on Team Canada’s biathlon team for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

The sport of biathlon is a com­bi­na­tion of cross-coun­try ski­ing and tar­get shoot­ing.

“I re­ally like the shoot­ing as­pect, and love how it’s two sports in one,” added Caitlin, who noted “lots of stamina” is re­quired dur­ing races.

Caitlin is the only fe­male from Prince Ed­ward Is­land to com­pete for Canada in biathlon.

She was the North Amer­i­can points’ win­ner for the 201516 and 2016-17 sea­sons, and a mem­ber of Team Canada’s world ju­nior squad in 2015-16.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I didn’t qual­ify for the world ju­nior team last sea­son, but it was still a good sea­son,” as­sessed Campbell. “We had a suc­cess­ful time at na­tion­als, plac­ing third in the team re­lay and three podi­ums for me.”

With Caitlin be­ing based out of P.E.I. last sea­son, it re­sulted in a lot of trav­el­ling.

“I spent six weeks in Al­berta in Novem­ber and came back, trav­elled a lot of week­ends to Que­bec and back, and went to Al­berta in March for the North Amer­i­can cham­pi­onships,” ex­plained Caitlin.

When asked if there is any par­tic­u­lar high­light that stands out from her biathlon ca­reer to date, Caitlin quickly an­swered, “Com­pet­ing for Canada at the world ju­niors in Ro­ma­nia in win­ter of 2016.”

Caitlin, how­ever, is not rul­ing out a re­turn to com­pet­i­tive biathlon in the fu­ture.

“I have still been train­ing a lot, train­ing is just a habit at this point,” said Sport P.E.I.’s 2016 over­all se­nior fe­male ath­lete of the year. “I still run and ski a lot.”

She says she would like to get in­volved in coach­ing and help grow the sport on P.E.I., es­pe­cially when she is home next win­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Caitlin Campbell com­petes in the cross-coun­try ski­ing por­tion of a biathlon com­pe­ti­tion.

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