Cassandra Breckenridge and Simon Becket showed their combined skills can result in a winning combination by winning Silver in the Open Male 4.5 Relay Race at the Ontario Provincial Cadet Biathlon held here in Sault Ste Marie at the Rod and Gun Club. They are both cadets with the 2310 Army Cadets and will be members of Team Ontario at the National Cadet Biathlon.
A team can be made up of a junior and senior of either two boys or two girls, the Open Mixed Team consisting of one cadet of each gender. The Open Mixed Teams compete in the Open Male Team category. To advance each cadets individuals times are combined to become an aggregate score which is ranked amongst the other competing teams of the same category. In Cassandra’s case she is a junior and raced up a category in the male category with winning results.
Cassandra and Simon will be off to a training camp held from February 27th to March 1st where they will join other cadets of the Ontario Cadet Biathlon Team to hone skiing and marksmanship skills. From there they travel to the National Cadet Biathlon in Val Cartier Quebec at the Myrium Bedard Biathlon Center from March 02 to March 07.
Other local cadets who competed at the Ontario Cadet Biathlon are Seth Mason and Maxwell Robinson and are also members of the 2310 Army Cadets who like Cassandra and Simon trained with other members of the local cadet since September to prepare for these races.
The 96 young sharp-shooters that took part in the Ontario Cadet Biathlon competition are 12-18 year old members of the Sea, Army, and Air Cadet Programs. The cadets represented their communities from across Ontario in this Olympic-style competition which consists cross-country skiing 1-2 km loops through the challenging terrain of Sault Ste Marie and shooting .22-calibre rifles at falling-plate targets in the range stadium.
A seemingly unlikely combination, the sport of biathlon combines the intensity of cross-country skiing with the precision and calm of marksmanship. The fourth stage of the Canadian Cadet Movement Biathlon Championship Series (CCMBCS) will see cadets from across Canada compete at the National Championships in Val Cartier, Que. next month.