Cadets from across Ontario compete in Regional Biathlon Race

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Front Peyton Gurney 2659 Army Cadets, Brantford, Karen Parent 1635 Army Kapuskasing, Photo Credit: CWO Jeremy Kearney.

“My goal this weekend is to have fun and do my absolute best”, stated Cadet Warrant Officer Hser Blu of 2511 Army Cadets in Thunder Bay. She is one of 150 Biathletes from across Ontario competing at this weekends Regional Cadet Biathlon. WO Blue finished sixth in the Senior Girls Mass Start category and skied six kilometers with two bouts of shooting. “I practiced a lot with my home unit and kept track of what I was eating”, in preparation for this years Canadian Cadet Biathlon Championship Series. This is her second year competing at the Regional Biathlon.

The top male and female athletes aged 12 to 18 years of age are represented their communities from across Ontario and are here for the Regional Cadet Biathlon this weekend. They all have their sights set to participate in this Olympic-style competition, which consists of 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.

Corin Gervais from 1139 Army, Haliburton, Photo Credit: CWO Jefery Kearney.

The 150 Sea, Army and Air Cadets will be competing again on Sunday in the Relay Race which will see two members of a team each taking a turn at completing the ski course at the Algoma Rod and Gun Club, 226 Connor Rd. Medal’s will be awarded in the afternoon to the top biathletes.

The best combined skiing time and shooting scores will determine who will make up Team Ontario and advance to the fourth stage of the National Cadet Biathlon held in Valcartier Quebec in March.

The public is encouraged to cheer on these biathletes to victory.