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Der­rick Egan rec­og­nized for con­tri­bu­tion to his sport.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY JA­SON MALLOY

“I en­joy the sport and I en­joy the peo­ple and I don’t care what I shoot.” Der­rick Egan

Der­rick Egan is a hum­ble guy. He isn’t afraid to pitch in with any task, big or small, for the Char­lot­te­town Trap and Skeet Club. He doesn’t do it for any recog­ni­tion, but those who have spent time around the club de­cided he should be hon­oured.

Those at the na­tional level agreed.

Ear­lier this month, Egan was in­ducted as a builder into the Cana­dian Skeet Shoot­ing Hall of Fame.

“It’s quite an hon­our. It was quite a sur­prise for me,” an ap­pre­cia­tive Egan said from the club in Mount Al­bion.

“I en­joy the sport and I en­joy the peo­ple and I don’t care what I shoot,” he added. “I try hard when I go out to shoot, to get the big num­bers, but at the end of the day, if I don’t have the num­bers, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter to me.”

The 61-year-old Char­lot­te­town na­tive and Cove­head res­i­dent has been in­volved in the sport for more than 40 years.

“Once I got into it, I was hooked on it,” he said.

He’s at­tended provin­cial, re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. He has com­peted at the worlds in San An­to­nio, Tex., nine times in the last 12 years.

“I just en­joy the shoot­ing and meet­ing peo­ple,” he said, adding the com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways ex­tremely high. “You’re not go­ing down there to win any­thing or you have rocks in your head.”

The Char­lot­te­town club hosted the Cana­dian Skeet Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month and will host six reg­is­tered Na­tional Skeet Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion shoots this year. It was at the Cana­dian cham­pi­onship taht Egan was in­ducted into the hall and was awarded the Ron Atkin­son Award.

“Der­rick Egan is a long­time mem­ber of the Char­lot­te­town Trap and Skeet Club and for all of those years has al­ways been the first to of­fer as­sis­tance with al­most any task,” said Atkin­son, a prom­i­nent Is­land skeet shooter, who has been in­ducted into the Cana­dian skeet shoot­ing and P.E.I. sport hall of fames. “He is a long-serv­ing ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber who shies away from prom­i­nent fig­ure­head sta­tus in favour of mak­ing sure the club is main­tained prop­erly.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Der­rick Egan was in­ducted into the Cana­dian Skeet Shoot­ing Hall of Fame as a builder ear­lier this month.

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