Winning the Silver Medal was a highlight for local biathlete Kaylee Marcil during this past weekends Regional Cadet Biathlon which saw the top 140 Sea, Army and Air cadets aged 12 to 18 years of age from across Ontario competing here in the Sault.
Kaylee a member of the 2310 Army Cadets Biathlon Team earned the Silver Medal in Sundays Youth Woman’s 7.5 Km Race which saw the biathletes enter the range four times, twice in the prone position and twice standing.
Kaylee shot clean one of her two standing range bouts on Sunday’s race. Each missed target meant a penalty loop of 100 meters.
Her total over all time was 38 seconds from earning a Gold Medal.
Cassandra Breckenridge also of the 2310 Army Cadets skied in Saturdays Open Female 2 x 4.5 Km Relay Race with team mate Kaylee Marcil where they finished a close fourth that saw them each enter the range twice firing in the prone position.
The combined ski times from Saturdays and Sunday Race became an aggregate score which determined the cadets who would advance to the next stage. Cassandra’s over all aggregate score placed her fourth in an age group of older females while Kaylee had a second place spot just missing a Team Ontario spot.
Seth Mason and Simon Becket each members of the 2310 Biathlon Team and skied in Saturday’s Open Male Relay race coming just short of the top three finishers. In Sundays 8.5 Km race, Mason and Seth entered the range twice to shoot prone and twice to shoot standing.
Their overall aggregate score for the two days of racing saw them placing well in the male groups that they raced against in at the races held at the Algoma Rod and Gun Club.
Member of Parliament Terry Sheehan toured the range and finish line for Saturdays Relay Race. He also had a hand in several Parliamentary Recognitions that were presented to several volunteers and three staff cadets who distinguished themselves while assisting in support roles during the weekend’s races.
Member of Provincial Parliament Ross Romano visited the races on Sunday with his three sons, Jackson, Jayden, and Jarret along with Constituency Office Manager.
Ward One Paul Christian also viewed Sundays Mass start and the biathletes competing.
The top male and female 140 athletes are aged 12 to 18 years of age and represented their communities from across Ontario when they competed here for the Regional Cadet Biathlon. They all had their sights set to participate in this Olympic-style competition which consists of athlete’s 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.
The best combined skiing time and shooting scores will determined who made up Team Ontario and are advancing to the fourth stage of the Canadian Cadet Organization National Cadet Biathlon held in Brookvale, PEI, March 7th to 11.
For more information about other exciting opportunities that the Canadian Cadet Program provides youth, please visit www.cadets.ca.