CHARLOTTETOWN – It’s been a busy few weeks for Prince Edward Island biathletes, both nationally and internationally.
In Canmore, Alta., two other Island biathletes, Carsen Campbell and Menno Arendz, were racing for spots on the Canadian International Biathlon Union (IBU) squad. Both raced well in a tight competition, with Campbell securing a place on the team that competed last weekend in Ridnaun, Italy.
Despite having to borrow skis and a rifle due to a baggage mix-up, Campbell posted an 85th-place finish in a field of 130. Racing continues next weekend in Ridnaun, before the team heads off to Rupholding, Germany, the following week.
“The performance of the P.E.I. athletes has been fantastic, and they are making a smooth transition into the senior age group,” said Chris Lindsay of Biathlon Canada. “This bodes well for the upcoming youth and junior world championships in Maine.
“The contribution of the Atlantic provinces to our national team shows that talented athletes, regardless of their location, can excel if they are given opportunity, coaching and receive support from their community.”
First race of season
Competitors from Biathlon P.E.I. competed in their first race of the season just before Christmas in Val Cartier, Que. They were part of a field of 109 athletes that competed in snowy conditions.
The top performer of the weekend was Point Prim’s Rachael Woodman, who won a silver and bronze medal in the senior girls’ category. Andre Boudreau of New Haven took home bronze in senior boys.
Other members of the team who competed were Lucas Boudreau, Ryan Snyder, Sean Codeiro and Brighid Woodman.
The Eastern Canadian championships will be held at Brookvale next month, and nine athletes from the Island will be competing in Charlo, N.B., this weekend.