Canada's shooters aiming to increase Pan Am haul
Canada is fielding one of its most divergent teams at the Pan Am Games with shooters taking part in 14 events with a span of 47 years in age between the youngest and oldest team members. They are intent on thriving with host country advantage at the Innisfill, Ont. Pan Am Shooting Centre to improve their two medals collected in Guadalajara, Mexico at the 2011 Games.
Leading the team is Canadian shooting veteran, Susan Nattrass, 64, who has six Olympic Games under her belt, is a seven-time world champion (with a total 14 world championship medals) and was flag bearer for the Rio 2007 Pan Am Games where she won a gold medal.
"I am so excited to compete against the Americas on home soil – what an honour, " Nattress said. The team is ready to go and let me tell you, we have some great talent behind us. We are ready to give our everything and show the Americas what we are made of."
The Shooting Federation of Canada is looking to build on its success from Guadalajara 2011, where Dorothy Ludwig won a gold medal in 10 metre air pistol and Lindsay Boddez won silver in the trap event.
The shooting competition begins on July 12 in Innisfil, Ontario at the Pan Am Shooting Centre and will finish on July 19. Canada will be competing in 14 different events during the games. Shooters are competing in pistol, rifle and shot gun events. A trio of 17-year-olds are competing for Canada, including Kabir Dhillon, double trap, David Mynikov, skeet and Aerial Arthur, in air rifle.
Shooting team members with home towns:
Aerial Arthur Saskatoon, SK
Sharon Bowes Waterloo, ON
- Amanda Chudoba Spruce Groves, AB
- Kabir Dhillon Toronto, ON
- Michel Dion Pont-Rouge, QC
- Michal Dugovic London, ON
- Monica Fyfe Winnipeg, MB
- Allan Harding Gibsons, BC
- Mark Hynes Bristol's Hope, NL
- Metodi Igorov Montreal, QC
- Lynda Kiejko Calgary, AB
- David Mylnikov Toronto, ON
- Susan Nattrass Medicine Hat, AB
- Cory Niefer Saskatoon, SK
- Drew Shaw Collingwood, ON
- Paul Shaw Collingwood, ON
- Gale Stewart Québec, QC
- Greg Sych Kitchener, ON
- Benjamin Taylor St. John's, NL
- Yanka Vasileva Candiac, QC
- Lea Wachowich Redwater, AB
- Curtis Wennberg Winnipeg, MB
- Jonathan Weselake Qualicum Beach, BC
- Shannon Westlake Keswick, ON