Henrik Quintilio (front) and Sam Moody (back) go through their individual race on Saturday at the North American Cup/ Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

WATCH: Top Biathletes descend on Red Deer

For two days the best of the best of Western Canadian shooters and skiers tested the biathlon course that will be used the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

More than 150 participants took part in the North American Cup/ Western Canadian Championships from Feb. 23-25, which was designed to promote the sport to younger racers in the Calforex Biathlon Cup.

Athletes raced in both the individual and sprint competitions on the weekend.

Biathlon Canada President Murray Wylie said it’s an exciting sport to watch, and he was impressed with the competition.

Canadian Paralympian Brittany Hudak, who competed on Saturday said the course in Red Deer was good preparation for the 2018 Winter Paralympics. She leaves soon for the games, which run from March 8 to 18 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

She said it was nice to get in some last biathlon races before the games.

“I liked the courses. They were kind of rolly so you can really think of power and glide and it’s got a few steep uphills so not too bad,” she said.

“There are some flatter sections, but then you get those steeper uphills so you have to watch how you control your heart rate on the uphills. You want to have enough energy to push on the flats because you can also make up a lot of time there. I like the course, it’s got a good flow.”

Wylie, who has been involved with biathlon for 17 years, added that organizers hoped to showcase the event for both competitors who will race at the Canada Winter Games and the community to better understand the sport.

“It’s to provide an opportunity for that community to see what the sport is all about and to see the competition, then to build upon the legacy of the facility,” he said.

“You want to be able to make sure you get a return on the investment and then you have that so you can local, provincial and national events.”

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Amanda Lindhout kidnapper sentenced to 15 years in prison

OTTAWA — A Somalian man found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda… Continue reading

Police suspect fire at mosque in Alberta town was deliberately set

EDSON, Alta. — RCMP in Alberta say they’re investigating an arson at… Continue reading

Indigenous protesters in Washington declare Trans Mountain won’t be built

VANCOUVER — Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his… Continue reading

In Bill Morneau’s riding, 40 per cent of children live in poverty, report says

OTTAWA — Four in every 10 children residing in Finance Minister Bill… Continue reading

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

TOKYO — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Alberta High School Soccer League champs crowned

Lindsay Thurber girls’ team and Notre Dame boys’ team won Saturday at Edgar Park Field in Red Deer

Roll out the barrels: Christo artwork floats on London lake

LONDON — The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London’s Hyde… Continue reading

Just For Laughs production company promotes COO Bruce Hills to president

MONTREAL — The production company behind Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival… Continue reading

Auto parts firm Magna plans electric vehicle joint ventures with Chinese company

AURORA, Ont. — Magna International Inc. says it will form two new… Continue reading

Collection featuring Group of Seven paintings donated to University of Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess spent a lifetime following her… Continue reading

5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

BIG WELLS, Texas — At least five people were killed and several… Continue reading

Ramifications of a trade war: an expert look at the numbers for Canada

OTTAWA — A new analysis of escalating trade disputes involving the United… Continue reading

Deliberate spill: study launched to test crude and bitumen impact on lake life

KENORA, Ont. — Researchers were in northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month