Editor: We are the Shouldices from Shallow Lake, ON. Some Islanders may know us as the deer-hunting beef farmers that visit Savage Harbour in August. I thought I would take a few moments to write about our adventures at the Eastern Canadian Biathlon Championships in Brookvale, P.E.I., on February 19-23. Biathlon is a sport that combines Nordic ski racing with target shooting and Brookvale hosted a fantastic race.
Athletes from across the nation came to compete for a spot on the Canadian team to represent Canada at the worlds in Presque Isle, ME., the following weekend. Racers from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces and a team from Australia charged the course. It was awesome.
My sons have been involved in the sport for a few years now. Why should the kids have all the fun? So I decided to do a race myself, my first race. And no, I didn’t go to worlds, but I sure had fun. I had the honour of competing and the satisfaction of completing the course, shooting 4/5 standing targets.
Here’s how awesome your Island is. After my race, my head was still buzzing. I had a vanload of teenagers going to the race banquet at the Rodd Charlottetown. I was zoned out, thinking about the race and the kids were busy talking about their races. In turn, I sat through an entire green light. Twelve cars behind me, not one of them honked. That’s how awesome your Island is.
Recognition well deserved to those volunteers who made it happen, who helped at the booth, the range and on the course. Problems with the groomer? You would never know. What a team. Awesome effort. Thanks to everyone.
David Shouldice Sr.,
Shallow Lake, ON