Road Partially Open

UPDATE:  The rifle range road is now open.  The pistol range road is still closed.

The road is now open from the highway to the main club house for members to drive in. There is a still barricade preventing vehicle traffic to the pistol and rifle ranges, but it’s a much shorter walk than from the gate. The Pistol and Rifle roads are still too soft to drive on for another week or two.
Thank you for your patience

Spring Thaw

Spring is here so the gate will remain locked until the road is in suitable condition to drive on. The range is still open and available to be used but you will need to walk in.

Congrats Tim!

Kenora biathlete rises to top in national race against World Cup qualifiers in Canmore

SHERI LAMB
Miner and News

Tim Wehner returned home with a gold medal from the 2017 Canadian Biathlon Championship in Canmore, but standing on top of the podium wasn’t his most cherished memory from the event.

The 51 year old finished first in the masters men 7.5 km individual race on March 9, after a fourth-place finish the day before in the six kilometre sprint, but it was the final race, a 7.5 km pursuit, that gives Wehner goosebumps when he recalls his second-place finish.

“In the individual race we all start 30 seconds apart so in the master men’s competition it took six minutes to start everybody. I didn’t know it was over and I saw the result that I had won, but in the pursuit you can tell because it’s first guy across the line so you can tell where you are,” said Wehner. “It was very exciting because it’s very dynamic to be in that situation.”

Wehner said in the final race as he went in for his final round of shooting his coach informed him the leader, former World Cup stalwart Eric Gosselin of Quebec, was in the penalty loop after missing three shots. Armed with this intel, Wehner ended up shooting a perfect five-for-five in his final standing bout, and finished with a personal best, hitting 16-of-20 targets overall. Wehner and Gosselin ended up racing down the slope together to the finish line.

“I tucked in behind him for one and a half kilometres ski and as I was climbing the bridge a bunch of spectators, including my family, were cheering me on by name at which point Eric looked over his shoulder to figure out who they were cheering for and saw it was me,” said Wehner. “For the next kilometre he looked over his shoulder as I chased him into the finish line.”

Gosselin finished the pursuit in 0:30:11.7 with Wehner coming in 2.3 seconds behind.

“I was super happy to be chasing him to sort out who was going to be first in the race because he’s someone who has a great deal more experience then I do,” said Wehner.

Wehner finished in 0:29:17.6 in the indivisual race and in the sprint he finished in 0:23:33.2. About 170 biathletes were in Canmore from March 7-11. For Wehner it was nice to be a part of Team Manitoba instead of as a solo representative.

“This time around there were eight athletes from Manitoba, myself and seven younger people, so it was great to have that team feeling,” said Wehner. “I was able to provide them with some mature advice.”

SLamb@postmedia.com

Great Job!!

Kenora Biathletes Continue To Rule The

Manitoba Circuit  

Local biathletes continue to excel this season on the Manitoba circuit.

Local skiers picked up six first place finishes and two seconds at the Manitoba Provincial
races over the weekend in Falcon Lake.

Adam Johnson was first in the two kilometer sprint in the men’s developmental division on Saturday and first in the Sunday Pursuit Race, hitting all 30 targets in both races.

Jennifer Findlay was first in the two kilometer women’s developmental sprint race, and also finished first in the Pursuit Race.

Tim Wehner was first in the master’s men’s in the two kilometer sprint and first in the pursuit.

The Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club credits their work at the Lake of the Woods Gun club for their
strong performance this season.  

Posted with permission from CJRL Kenora – 89.5 The Lake

In Memory

In Memory

Henry George “Hank” Barker

February 4, 1934 – January 15, 2017

A long-time member of the Lake of the Woods Gun Club passed away at his residence at the age of 82. Hank was an active member who enjoyed long range rifle shooting and he was good at it. Early mornings on nice summer days, you could find Hank at his favourite bench. He would grin with pride showing that he could keep all his shots on a credit card size target at 385 meters. Hank was kind and generous but preferred not to be recognized for his contributions to the Club. When the regular Rifle Range groundskeeper was swamped with construction, Hank would haul his personal lawn tractor from home and cut the grass. Hank was a thinker, a problem solver, and inventor. His name will be added to the Departed Members Plaque on display in the main club house.

Dwayne Cyr

Kenora biathlon athletes

Ella Kyle, Liam Kyle and Wyatt Fortner take aim at the Falcon Lake biathlon facility on Jan. 8.

Seven Kenora athletes made good use of the shooting skills they’ve learned at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club biathlon range when they competed at the Falcon Lake biathlon facility on Jan. 8.

Race format was a Sprint which involves two shooting bouts in the range. The developmental categories shoot from a prone position at larger targets, while the more experienced athletes shoot once from prone and once while standing. An additional time penalty is added to athletes time for each missed shot.

Kenora results:

Ella Kyle: 1st place in Developmental Girls age 11-14;

Wyatt Fortner: 2nd place in Developmental Boys age 11-14;

Liam Kyle: 3rd place Developmental Boys age 11-14;

Megan Shewfelt: 1st place Developmental Women 19+;

Kaitlin Almack: 2nd place Developmental Women 19+;

Adam Johnston: 3rd place Developmental Men 19+

Tim Wehner: 1st place Master Men’s 35+.

The next biathlon event is at Falcon Lake on Jan. 28-29. There is an intro to biathlon session for those wanting to try it out on Jan. 28, followed by a race on Jan. 29.

Written by Scott Lockhart

Reposted from KenoraOnline.com with permission.

Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors 2015 by Suzan Evanden Member of LOWGC

This video is about the Italy trip and is a great way to share the emotion. At about 2m 50sec., there is a photo of my family history book about Grandad (Thomas Henry Evenden) https://vimeo.com/176133204
This past June, with the help of my sponsors, including Lake of the Woods Gun Club, for Wounded Warriors BBR16 – The Italian Campaign. I raised $5,500.00. (Please note: I am responsible for my travel costs and trip expenses)
I completed by bicycle, the route my Grandad travelled during WWII. I want to share a few key elements of my experience, and what your sponsorship contributed and will continue to be part of.
Many of the riders are veterans of modern day conflicts, many are family members of these veterans. Many of the riders have PTSD.
I was able to ride with people who will go through life with the burden that their service to Canada has left them with.
What I observed was extreme emotion all across the scale. They experience extreme joy, anger, frustration and while viewing graves of soldiers who fell over 70 years ago, extreme sadness. I can only imagine; how exhausting life can be at time for our Veterans.
I learned lots. I learned to judge less, to remind myself to grant someone a little grace to be whatever they have to be.
I went to Italy to meet Grandad. When I was young, I didn’t view him kindly. He seems to always be angry, or that he just didn’t like us. I think, just like my fellow riders, who have experience war, my Grandad lived a life of extreme emotions.
The ride was difficult. The steep hills and deep ravines, unrelenting and stretching on for hours, stretched my emotions to their limit. But every difficulty I faced, Grandad had already faced, wearing heavy, wet woolen clothing and carrying all his gear on his person. I met my Grandad on these hills of Italy. I asked his help to make it. I apologized to him for whining mentally on many of the tougher hills. I sat and had meal, on the battlefield where Grandad spent Christmas Day 1943, I saw the gravestones of his friends, who didn’t survive that day.
This is what your donation dollars gave me.
Your donation dollars provide for our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.
I’ve registered for the 2017 Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride – Vimy 100: Birth of a Nation. Next June I will cycle over 600kms to pay our respects to the Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI while raising funds and awareness in support of the life changing programs Wounded Warriors Canada provides for our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. 2017 is an historic year where we will commemorate 150 years since Confederation and the 100th anniversary of the Canadian victory at Vimy. Please consider supporting me as I work to help our Wounded Warriors!

See the video here!

Susan Evenden
Site 8, Box 45, R.R. #1
Keewatin, ON P0X 1C0
807-407-1697 cell