On Sunday, February 9th, six members of the biathlon team competed in the Tay Valley Loppet at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park.
The cadets competed in the 5km Freestyle race which started at 10 am in frigid temperatures. Sgt Tavo Stringel won in a time of 19:16, followed closely by WO2 Owen Baillon. FCpl Sebastien Friedrich Yap was fourth across the line and third cadet. Next came Sgt Kohle Harriss, FSgt Cameron Bernique, and Cpl Olias Kosmas. It was only Kosmas’ third time on skis! Well done, Olias! Bernique put his knee through his ski pole during the first lap of the 2.km loop rendering it useless. A friendly skier gave him a loaner for the next loop allowing him to maintain momentum. All the athletes did well and generated a lot of interest from the other skiers.
Saturday afternoon, the day before the race, the biathletes, escorted by Capt’s Buckley and Cordy and ski coach Marc Baillon, spent time skiing through the trails of Murphy’s Point. They got to ski the course, try out their gear and get their underused ski muscles warmed up for the next day’s competition. It was a beautiful Saturday in the woods.
Cadets are encouraged to give the sport a try next fall when training begins. 585 Squadron owns all the necessary equipment so cadets don’t have to have their own skis and boots. As with most cadet activities, there is no cost to parents! Saturday afternoons in the fall and early winter are spent shooting at the biathlon targets and building cardio endurance by running between shooting relays.