Kenora Athletes @ Nationals

Kenora athletes compete in national biathlon championships

Grace Protopapas

By Grace Protopapas, Kenora Daily Miner and News

Tim Wehner earned a bronze medal at the North American/Canadian Biathlon Championships in Whistler, British Columbia. The event took place on March 16-19.

FILE PHOTO/SCOTT LOCKHART
Tim Wehner earned a bronze medal at the North American/Canadian Biathlon Championships in Whistler, British Columbia. The event took place on March 16-19. FILE PHOTO/SCOTT LOCKHART

Kenora’s Tim Wehner and Jeremy Shaw traveled to Whistler, B.C. March 16-19 to represent Team Manitoba at the North American/Canadian Biathlon Championships.

 

The cross-continent event hosted many members of the Canadian National biathlon team including several of the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team, such as Rosanna Crawford.

“It was my second time competing at a former Olympic venue, but it is always really cool because it’s a facility that has all of the up to date equipment and fantastic volunteers,” said Tim Wehner. “The course is superb and I got to race where Olympians race.”

The two men from Kenora made the trek along with Winnipeg biathlete Jessica Biggs, to make up the three-person Manitoba team.

“It was a challenging ski for us because of the altitude which is about 2,500 feet higher than in Kenora,” said Wehner. “The weather was also bad. It was raining so the groomers had to prepare the snow so we were skiing on a hard icy surface which is still better than slush. It got better and cooperated so the last race day it was perfect.”

In the Master’s Men division Wehner skied and shot his way to a fifth place finish in the 6-kilometre Sprint on March 16. The next day he matched his first race with another fifth place spot in the 7.5-km Pursuit. In his final race on March 19 he finished sixth overall with the third spot on the podium for the Canadian category in the 10-km Individual.

“I’m happy with how I did, what I need to work on is my shooting,” said Wehner.

Shaw also performed well finishing in eighth place in the 10-km Sprint on March 16, following that with another eighth place spot in the 12.5-km Pursuit on March 17. His final race was the 12.5-km Mass Start race in which he finished ninth on March 19.

The North American/Canadian Biathlon Championships mark the end of the season. Athletes will now head into dry land training until November or December of 2013.

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