Cadets from 386 Komox Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron fared well at the Vancouver Island Zone Biathlon Competition at HMCS Quadra Jan. 21. Photo by Sgt. Philip McLeod, National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group.

Cadet biathletes top the podium

Cadets from the 386 Komox Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron had a successful day at the Vancouver Island Cadet Zone Biathlon Competition, Jan. 21 at HMCS Quadra. They topped the podium in nearly every category, and may have a chance to compete next month at the provincial competition.

The athletes were among 38 cadets testing their fitness, teamwork and marksmanship skills over a summer biathlon course after the competition was relocated from Mount Washington due to adverse weather. Divisions were junior (12-13 years), senior (14-16) and youth (17-18).

Notable finishes include Josh Minkley, Christina Matchett and Jesse Dyble, all of whom captured gold in their respective categories. Victoria Moore, Lewis Dawes, Chloe Pritchard and Daniel Gilfillan also finished on the podium.

Once results from around the province are published, the cadets will learn who will be attending provincials in February at Mount Washington.

The cadet biathlon program is a recreational activity that has produced Olympians such as B.C.’s Emma Lunder. Cadets learn skills that develop self-discipline, increased confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

The Cadet Program aims to develop citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness, and to stimulate the interest of youth in sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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