Three local cadets earned Bronze medal while competing in the Northern Ontario Area Cadet Biathlon held in Sault Ste Marie over the January 29th – January 31st weekend. Derek Rouleau of 46 Sea Cadet Corps earned Bronze while competing in the Senior Male 7.5 km race. Also earning medals was Seth Mason of the 2310 Army Cadet Corps and Andre Breckenridge of the 155 Air Cadet Sqn. in the Junior Male 6 km and Male Youth 7.5 km respectively. Seth Mason and Maxwell Robinson in the Junior Male Team and Simon Beckett along with Cassandra Breckenridge in the Junior Mixed will be advancing onto the Provincial Cadet Biathlon Competition and compete against the top cadet athletes in Ontario.
All four of these cadets are from the 2310 Army Cadets.
There were 200 sea, army and air cadets competing this weekend at the Algoma Rod and Gun Club who were representing communities as far West as Red Lake, as East as Renfrew, and as far North as Kapuskasing This Olympic-style competition was the Second of Four Stages where athletes cross-country skiing 1-2 km loops through the challenging terrain of Sault Ste Marie and shooting .22-calibre rifles at falling-plate targets in the range stadium. These young male and female athletes are aged 12 to 18 yrs and have been actively training for this competition since September, and in many cases, for a number of years.
The Cadet Biathlon Training Program promotes physical fitness, sportsmanship, marksmanship skills while providing personal challenge and achievement opportunities and self esteem. Many past cadets have gone onto Olympic competition, including Jean Philippee Le Guellec, Nikki Keddie, and double Olympic gold medalist Myriam Bedard.
The top teams from this weekend’s event will return here on February 13th and 14th for the Provincial Cadet Biathlon Competition to compete again for their chance to advance to the 2016 National Cadet Biathlon Championship being held in Valcartier, Quebec in early March.