Ski Martock's biathlon weekend draws athletes from across Maritimes

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on February 03, 2014

Former KES graduate Zach Lakes started off strong and determined during the junior men 10 km sprint at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 biathlon event Feb. 1. He placed first at the cup and at the provincial level as well.

Published on February 03, 2014

Hannes Weiland, with the Martock Nordic Ski Club, competed against Ward MacDonald during the masters men 6 km sprint (AR) at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 biathlon and Nova Scotia provincials Feb. 1. Weiland finished the course with a time of 26:12:0.

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Jake Nyenhuis, of the 517 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Greenwood, gets off to a focused start during the senior boys 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships.

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Regan Mills, of Nova Scotia, competed in the youth men 7.5 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Biathlon Championships.

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Jake Nyenhuis, of the 517 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Greenwood, takes aim during the shooting portion of the senior boys 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships.

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Phillippe Hamel, of New Brunswick, pushes himself during the last leg of the youth men 7.5 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Atlantic Cup. Pictured in the background is Skyler Richardson, of 2444 King's County Royal Canadian Army Cadets, who was competing in the provincial cadet biathlon.

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Nolan Veinot, of 2444 King's County Royal Canadian Army Cadets, makes his way to the finish line for the senior boys 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships at Ski Martock.

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Skyler Richardson, of 2444 King's County Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and Anthony Carther, of the 517 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Greenwood, make their way to the finish line for the junior boys 4.5 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships at Ski Martock. Richardson placed third in this competition class, and Carther placed fifth.

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Jayden Graves, of 18 Dartmouth RCACS, competed in the senior boys 6 km sprint portion of the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships Feb. 1 at Ski Martock. He placed seventh overall in his division.

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Warren Bone, of 2741 Musquodoboit Harbour Royal Canadian Army Cadets, was all smiles after finishing the senior boys 6 km sprint portion of the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships Feb. 1 at Ski Martock. He finished 10th in that division.

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Cameron Prevost, of 2841 Halifax Rifles Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corp, finishes the junior boys 4.5 km sprint at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships Feb. 1 with Noah Romkey, of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps No. 39 Neptune, hot on his heels. Prevost finished fourth and Romkey finished seventh in the division Feb. 1.

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Katrena Thomas, of King's-Edgehill Cadet Corps 254, races around the penalty loop after missing a target during the shooting portion of the senior girls 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships at Ski Martock. Thomas placed first in the category with a time of 22:58.6.

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Shyanne Mossman, of Nova Scotia, takes aim during the senior girls 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Biathlon Championships at Ski Martock.

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Katrena Thomas, of King's-Edgehill Cadet Corps 254, takes a breath after finishing the senior girls 6 km sprint Feb. 1 at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships at Ski Martock. She came first in this category, with a time of 22:58.6, as well as first in the provincial and Atlantic Cup No. 2 competitions.

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Lucas Boudreau, from PEI, gets off to a good start during the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 in the youth men – 7.5 km sprint division.

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Johan Arendz, from PEI, focuses on the targets as he competed in the masters men 6 km sprint at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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PEI's Sean Cordeiro takes a penalty lap for missing a shot in the rifle range during the senior boys 6 km sprint at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Rachael Woodman, of PEI, competed in the youth women 6 km sprint division of the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Rebecca Sentner, of PEI, takes aim during the shooting portion of the junior women 7.5 km sprint during the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Brighid Woodman, of PEI, steadies her weapon as she fires at the targets during the shooting portion of the junior women 7.5 km sprint during the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Caitlin Campbell, of PEI, strikes a strong pose at the shooting range as she competed in the youth women 6 km sprint division of the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Caitlin Campbell, of PEI, competed in the youth women 6 km sprint division of the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Rachael Woodman, of PEI, gave it her all as she approached the finish line for the youth women 6 km sprint division of the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Rebecca Sentner, of PEI, makes a final push as she nears the finish line in the junior women 7.5 km sprint at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Rebecca Sentner, of PEI, was all smiles at the finish line. She competed in the junior women 7.5 km sprint at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 competition Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Matthew Swanson, competing with the Sackville's 3036 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, gives an extra push as he approached the finish line for the junior boys 4.5 km sprint at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

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Brandon Flynn, competing with Sackville's 3036 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, focuses on the the finish line during the senior boys 6 km sprint at the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships Feb. 1 at Ski Martock.

Three biathlon competitions were held concurrently at Ski Martock on the weekend, drawing the best athletes from across the region.

From Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, Martock played host to the Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships, the Biathlon Nova Scotia Provincial Championships and the Atlantic Cup No. 2, which saw athletes from the Maritimes competing against one another.

There were a total of 120 competitors, about 35 coaches and about 65 volunteers and officials.

“Biathlon has really taken on a strong foothold in the province because of the Canada Games legacy,” said Bruce Jarvis, the competition chief.

Ski Martock hosted its first biathlon in 2010 in preparation of the 2011 Canada Winter Games. They've since hosted the Eastern Canadian Championship and other Atlantic Cups. Jarvis said they're pleased to have such a well-maintained biathlon facility at their disposal.

“It's one of the top facilities in Eastern Canada. The conditions are great. Martock is a great place to have it; they make lots of snow for us, which we need in this province,” he said.

The Nova Scotia Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships helped identify which cadets will go to the national championships this year. Those championships will be held at Ski Martock March 2-7.

Capt. Daniel Wheaton, who explained that biathlon “is a combination of cross-country race skiing as well as shooting,” said the biggest challenge for the athletes is to go from skiing hard to being able to abruptly stop so they can concentrate and shoot down five targets using a small bore rifle.

“It's a really unique sport in that they'll go, go, go and they have to use endurance and they have to have strength, but then they have to get their heart rates down to pretty much nothing in order to shoot,” said Wheaton. The time spent shooting counts against them as they race to post the best time.

Jake Nyenhuis, with the 517 Greenwood Air Cadets, finished in second place in the senior boys 6 km sprint Feb. 1. Finishing in a time of 29:13.0, it was his second time competing at the provincial cadet competition. On Feb. 2, he placed first in the same division.

He said the biggest challenge was the shooting range.

“They changed the way you shoot this year, so it was a lot harder,” he said, noting that they made the targets smaller and some competitors had to shoot while standing upright.

 

Local competitors

Several local cadets were up to the challenge on the weekend.

On Feb. 1. Katrena Thomas placed first in the senior girls 6 km sprint with a time of 22:58.6, which was also a first place finish in the Atlantic Cup No. 2, as well as the provincial championships.

On the next day, she competed in the youth women 7.5 km pursuit and took first place in all three competitions with her final time being 35:37.2.

On Feb. 1, fellow King’s-Edgehill School cadet Meredith Chambers came first in the junior girls 4.5 sprint, with a time of 22:53.5. At the Atlantic Cup level, she came third overall and provincially, she placed second. The following day, Chambers came third in the cadet and provincial competitions when she raced in the girls 6 km pursuit. She finished with a time of 36:15:8. She came in fourth place in the Atlantic Cup.

Fellow biathlon competitor Emma Hatchard-Boon also had a strong showing. On Feb. 1, she competed in the junior girls 4.5 sprint, and finished with a time of 25:41:0. That was good for third place in all three competitions.

On Feb. 2, she tried out the girls 6 km pursuit, finishing third at the cadet level and provincially, and fourth at the Atlantic Cup level.

Zach Lakes, a graduate of King's-Edgehill, placed first Feb. 1 in the junior men 10 km sprint division at the Atlantic Cup No. 2 biathlon. He finished with a time of 33:22.1. This was also good for first at the provincial biathlon competition.

Lakes also competed in the junior men 12.5 km pursuit Feb. 2, and placed first with a time of 49:50.0.

Martock Nordic Ski Club members also competed in the weekend events, most recording top place finishes.

 

Organizations: Canada Games, Martock Nordic Ski Club, King's-Edgehill School Ski Martock Biathlon Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Martock, Eastern Canada, Ski Martock

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