Kenora biathlete rises to top in national race against World Cup qualifiers in Canmore
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.
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.
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.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017!
Applications for 2017 membership are now available on the website under the 2017 Membership tab.
Nice article in the Kenora Daily Miner & News about the biathlon training program at our club. Check it out!
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!
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The Lake of the Woods Gun Club wishes to express our gratitude to Degagne Construction for their generous support of the Club with a donation of a skilled operator and equipment to help us solve our problem. Some rocks are just too big to move by hand.
Thank you Luke and Gilbert!