Six local biathletes have returned to the Territory after a week of summer of training in Alberta.
Kim Ring, Andrew Lirette, Angeline Magtibay, Colton Glaicar, Joseph Lirette and Christopher Lirette were among the 46 young athletes from across Western Canada to attend the five-day Alberta Biathlon’s Summer Development Camp at Augustana University in Camrose, Alta from Aug. 11 -15.
“The camp consists of roller ski and shooting training exercises, classroom sessions on gun maintenance and race preparation, and concludes with three competitions – shooting, roller skiing and a summer biathlon race,” said Chuck Lirette, one of the biathlon coaches.
“There is also lots of social activities planned and the chance to experience life as a university student, as the kids all stayed in the residences on campus.”
The six biathletes finished in excellent positions in each of the three competitions, and are preparing for the upcoming season.
Joseph finished at the top of his class in the shooting competitions, and with the highest score of all the competitors.
The junior division saw four Hay River athletes competing with Colton coming in third, Christopher fourth, Kim eighth and Angeline in ninth out of 12 athletes.
In the roller ski race, all the senior and junior athletes were combined for a total of 22 athletes. Joseph finished in second place, with Chrisopher in seventh, Angeline in 12th, Colton in 13th, and Kim in 20th. In the younger division, Andrew came in tenth out of 12 athletes.
The Shoot to Win Summer Biathlon Race saw Andrew coming in sixth out of 12 in the Junior Boys category.
Angeline placed first with Kim right behind in second out of seven athletes in the senior girls competition.
In the senior boys division, Christopher placed 10th out of 14, and Colton was unable to compete due to illness. Joseph placed first in the youth men category.
Upon returning to Hay River, the biathletes have begun their training for the season.
They have been working with former biathlete Amy MacDonald have completed thee to four shooting practices as well as roller skiing sessions on the Pine Point Highway.
Anyone youth or parents who are interested in getting involved with biathlon are asked to contact Chuck Lirette, April Glaicar or Larry Ring.