Even with all the snow in the Maritimes, Biathlon P.E.I. made a decision to get some pre-Christmas competition and seven athletes along with head coach Steven Woodman travelled in the snow to Valcartier.
Day 1 sprint competition ended with great results. Brigid Woodman and Andre Boudreau reached the goal of 80 per cent shooting and will now be eligible to compete in the youth and junior world trials being held in P.E.I. from Feb. 20 to 23.
Woodman had the lowest number of competitors in her class, but the toughest. She raced against Rose Marie Cote, who won Saturday and is the Canadian champion. Despite finishing second, Woodman reached her goal shooting 8-for-10.
Rachel Woodman had rifle issues with a frozen bolt and switched rifles and won bronze.
Adopted to the P.E.I. from Nova Scotia, Reagan Mills shot 6-for-10 and finished seventh of nine.
In the senior boys event, 17 competed with four from P.E.I. Andre Boudreau picked up the bronze medal, Lucas Boudreau fifth, Sean Corderio 13th, and Ryan Synder 15th.
Sunday the athletes will take part in the pursuit races.