Powell River athletes win medals in target sports

Teammates score high at provincials

Powell River was well represented at the recent BC Target Sports Association Provincial Championships held in Abbotsford from May 17 to 20.

A total of 11 athletes from two teams competed in .22 caliber sporting rifle events in both prone and three-position disciplines. Team members competed in a variety of age groups and classifications. All targets were shot at a distance of 50 metres in relays of 20 scoring shots per target.

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Prone is comprised of three relays of 20 shots each. Three-position (3-P) is 20 scoring shots in prone, 20 in kneeling and 20 in freestanding. A perfect score is 600-60x.

Highest scores by local athletes came from Barb Craig, who scored 584-23x in prone; Geoffrey Hodgins, who scored 584-25x, also in prone; and Katheryn Sheldon with a total of 561-16x in 3-P.

Results included Cheryl Bourque, silver in prone (expert); Kevin Bourque, gold in prone (SH-2); Barb Craig, gold in prone, match winner ladies prone (veteran); Ethin Dube, gold in prone, gold in match 3-P (junior); Declan Gillen, gold in prone (sub-junior); Geoffrey Hodgins, gold in prone, silver in 3-P, match winner in men's prone (junior); Paige Hodgins, gold in prone, silver in 3-P (junior); Ricky Hodgins, bronze in prone, bronze in 3-P (junior); Diane Sheldon, gold in prone (marksman); Katheryn Sheldon, gold in 3-P, match winner in ladies 3-P (junior); and  Jacob Astells, fourth place in prone (junior).

Bull Shooters rifle team, coached by Dave Hodgins, trains on Mondays from September to May starting at 3:30 pm. For information, call 604.485.2880 or email dmhod@shaw.ca.

Yellow Jackets rifle team, coached by Daryl Craig, trains on Thursdays from September to June starting at 6:30 pm. For information, call 604.483.4897 or email dcraig@raven.ca.

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