Keep target shooting in Red Deer’s Canada Winter Games

Thank you for publishing such an positive, accurate and informative article about the Red Deer Fish and Game junior shooters who will be participating in the 2015 Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. (Gunning for gold, Feb. 12, the Advocate).

Thank you for publishing such an positive, accurate and informative article about the Red Deer Fish and Game junior shooters who will be participating in the 2015 Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. (Gunning for gold, Feb. 12, the Advocate).

Prince George, as I have read, is putting northern B.C. on the map through their efforts at hosting the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Red Deer has a comparable population and should also take the 2019 Winter Games as the opportunity to showcase all that Central Alberta has to offer.

From what I have heard, the Olympic sport of target shooting, a sport that has so much history and support across the world, will not be held at the 2019 Winter Games.

With the dedication that our Red Deer and area athletes and coaches have shown over the past decade, why would the Winter Games committee choose to eliminate one sport, a sport that has history that exceeds many other sports that will be held in Red Deer?

This sport requires very little cost to host and no venues have to be built to support it. Equipment from Alberta to run this sport is available, existing venues, judges and support volunteers are readily available.

Let’s hope that the City of Red Deer and the games committee have simply overlooked this event and will have a change of mind to support a dream that our local athletes are perusing.

Barry Matthew

Red Deer

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