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Local facility hosts skeet championships

In the Mountain View Gazette by Dan Singleton

Two dozen competitors from Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan took part in the three-day Western Canada Skeet Championships at the Lone Pine Clay Target Club northeast of Olds.
Held July 22 – 24, the event saw competitors shoot in the 12 gauge preliminary, doubles, 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge and .410 bore categories. It was the first time the local club has hosted westerns.
Bowden’s Brad Semaka won the 12 gauge preliminary event, which was held outside the actual championships. He hit 97 of 100 targets for the win. Kelowna’s Greg Burgess won the doubles, hitting 93 out of 100.
Saskatoon’s Keith Stead won both the 12 gauge and the 20 gauge events, with 97 and 98 out of 100 scores respectively. Regina’s Kevin Jarocki shot 98 out of 100 targets to win the 28 gauge competition.
Larry Way, also from Regina, won the .410 bore event with a 92 out of 100 score.
Regina’s John Dong won the high overall, and Regina’s Kevin Jarocki won the high all around.
“It was by far the largest pool of competitors for the tournament since starting it up,” said club member Wade Chipman. “Weather was good for the competition and we saw some great scores.”
He commended volunteers and club members for making the tournament a success.

Shooters take aim at provincial championships

In the Mountain View Gazette by Dan Singleton

A dozen of Alberta’s top skeet shooters took part in the 2016 Alberta Provincial Skeet Championships at the Lone Pine Clay Target Club east of Olds on June 24 -26.
Shooters came from Calgary, Provost, Red Deer and Olds for the competition.
The shooters competed in four categories: 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge and 410. In skeet shooting, competitors stand at one of eight shooting stations and shoot at flying disc targets.
Oscar Long from Provost won the 12 gauge and 28 gauge events. Brad Semaka from Olds won the 20 gauge event, and Greg Ward from Calgary won the 410 event.
The high-overall winner was Greg Ward (based on 400 targets), and the high all around winner (based on 500 targets in all four gauges and in doubles) was Oscar Long.
Club secretary-treasurer Joe Vasek said he was pleased with the level of competition at this year’s provincials. “The weather could have been a little better, but other than that it was good,” he said.
The Royal Canadian Air Force used skeet shooting to help train aircraft gunners during the Second World War, said Vasek, himself a Canadian Army veteran.
The Western Canadian Championships are scheduled to be held at the Lone Pine Clay Target Club on July 22-24.
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