This year saw continued training and competition for the athletes of the Biathlon Sub Club. It was a very busy year with the usual BC Cup Competitions as well as the Biannual BC Winter Games and the reintroduced Cadet Biathlon Nationals program. We attended competitions all over the country including stops in Canmore Alberta, Vanderhoof BC, Prince George BC, Vernon BC, Kelowna BC, Whistler BC, Mt Washington BC and Valcartier Quebec.
We have 18 athletes who train at Abbotsford Fish and Game Club on a regular basis. They include:
|Jade Finch||– Midget Girls||Sophia Algra||– Midget Girls|
|Ariel Bussani||– Juvenile Girls||Alyssa Chapman||– Juvenile Girls|
|William Tang||– Juvenile Boys||Sofia Antoniou||– Junior Girls|
|Morgan Dyke||– Junior Girls||Jinny Lee||– Junior Girls|
|Ethan Algra||– Junior Boys||Emmanuel Bussani||– Junior Boys|
|Arman Soheili||– Junior Boys||Sharon Park||– Senior Girls|
|Stavros Antoniou||– Senior Boys||Thomas Schratz||– Senior Boys|
|Andre Secu||– Senior Boys||Tristan Dyke||– Youth Men|
|William Schratz||– Youth Men||Jarod Algra||– Youth Men|
Biathlon Sub Club athletes were a huge presence at events at the the regional, provincial, and national level. There are more serious athletes training each year and the results show it!
BC WINTER GAMES
We sent 8 athletes to the BC Winter Games and returned with 5 medals and more personal bests.
BC Sent a Team of 10 athletes to the 2016 Cadet Nationals in Valcartier Quebec. Eight of the team train at AFGC. The team took home a total of 19 Medals, Two top unit team awards , one Top Individual award, and one provincial medal.
BC CUP AND NORAM CIRCUITS
This year all of the Biathlon Sub Club athletes were active at the Bc Cups and Nor-Ams with the following podium finishes:
Jarod Algra – Bronze at Noram 1, Silver BC Cup #1, Gold, Bronze BC Cup #2, Two Golds BC Cup #3
Andre Secu – Silver, Bronze BC Cup #1, Bronze BC Cup #2, Two Bronzes BC Cup #3
Ethan Algra – Silver BC Cup #1, Gold BC Cup #2, Silver BC Cup #3
Emmanuel Bussani – Gold, Bronze BC Cup #1, Silver, Bronze BC Cup #2, Gold, Bronze BC Cup #3
Juvenile Girl / Boy
William Tang – Silver, Silver BC Cup #3
Midget Girl / Boy
Sophia Algra – Gold, Gold BC Cup #2, Gold, Bronze BC Cup #3
We have several more athletes who had personal bests this past season and who are hoping with continued training to make it onto the podium. Next year promises to be even busier with a Nor-Am competition coming to Whistler Olympic Park and a fourth BC-Cup being added to the provincial series. Nationals will be held in Prince George and there are a lot of athletes looking to be selected for this home province event.
CANADIAN BIATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
For Canada’s premier biathlon event , the Canada Biathlon National Championships, BC is sending a team of 16 athletes to compete in categories from as young as 15 (senior boy / girl) to returning World Cup athletes in the Open Men / Women Category (age 21 and above). We have three athletes who train at AFGC selected as members of Team BC. Ethan Algra – age 13, Andre Secu – age 16, and Jarod Algra – age 18. They will be competing in four events each to be held during the week of March 13-19.
All of these athletes enjoy training at the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club facility and look forward to another year of continued success.
Ski fast – Shoot straight,
Biathlon Director, (as exhausted as the athletes)!