9-11 Feb 2018
Algoma Rod and Gun Club, Sault Ste. Marie - After a successful weekend in Jan, the Rangers Biathlon Team followed it up with another successful weekend at the Regional competition in Sault Ste. Marie.
On Saturday 2799 competed with over 40 other teams from across Ontario in the Team Relay race. In this event, the first member of a two person team skis their leg of three 1.5km loops separated by two bouts of shooting before tagging off their teammate who then skis their three 1.5km loops with two bouts of shooting. Unlike most race formats, in the Team Relay, competitors are given eight bullets to hit their five targets. For each miss after firing their eight rounds, competitors must ski one 100m penalty loop.
In the Junior male category, MCpl Daniel Rivera and Cpl Kevin Chang took home the gold, beating the second place team by over 4 minutes! In the Open male category, WO Adrian Poncelet and WO Alex Bolduc earned the silver medal. In the Open female category, Sgt Jessica Matile and MCpl Vivian Mullins came second, winning silver. All six athletes will join 14 other athletes in becoming Team Ontario who will advance to the National Cadet Biathlon Championship in Brookvale, Prince Edward Island. The National Championships are held from 6-11 March.
Sunday's race format was a Mass start. In this race format, all competitors start at the same time in their respective categories. In the Open male and female categories, competitors completed five ski loops, ranging from 1.5-2km depending on category. Ski loops were interspersed by four boots of shooting; two in the prone position followed by two in the standing position. In the Junior category, competitors skied four loops of 1.5km with three bouts of prone shooting. In a Mass start, competitors receive only five rounds to hit their five targets. For each miss, competitors must ski one 100m penalty loop.
Individual medals were awarded for the aggregate time from a competitors leg in the Saturday relay race and Sunday's Mass start race. In the Junior male category, Cpl Kevin Chang came 3rd place. Tpr Karen Poncelet came 3rd place in the Junior female category, and MWO Yeonsu Choi earned bronze in the Youth female category.
In addition to the six athletes moving on to the National Championships in P.E.I, 2799 will also be sending WO Olivia Ewart as a Staff Cadet Official and Coach David Kasper.