The Guardian (Charlottetown)
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Derrick Egan recognized for contribution to his sport.
“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.”