Local cadets reach podium
Biathlon team members from 204 Black Maria Air Cadet Squadron competed at a regional competition held at Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna on Sunday, Jan. 5.
The Kamloops cadets squared off against other cadets from the Okanagan region in a test of cross-country skiing and marksmanship.
All six team members reached the podium.
Chase Jervis won bronze in the 12- to 14-year-old category; in the 14- to 16-year-old division, Christine Hammond and Josh Jervis claimed silver and Leia Hoot and Sully Fagan earned bronze; and Joel Kerfoot won silver in the 16- to 18-year-old division.
Hammond, Kerfoot and Josh Jervis qualified to represent 204 Black Maria at the provincial championship, slated to run on Feb. 2 at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.
Biathlon requires participants to ski six kilometres in four 1.5-kilometre legs.
Between each leg, participants take five shots at targets spaced 50 metres away using a 0.22-caliber rifle.
A time penalty is assigned to each missed target and is added to the athlete's overall time.
Cadets is open to youth between the ages of 12 and 18 and provides a variety of fun and challenging activities, which promote development of valuable life and work skills, such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
The 204 Black Maria Air Cadets meet on Monday nights at the McArthur Island Boys and Girls Club, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.