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Turkey Shoot biathlon fundraiser draws a crowd



With 200 spectators looking on, four members of the Squamish District Council shot straight to win a Thanksgiving turkey at the inaugural Biathlon Turkey Shoot on Saturday.

The event was hosted by the Callaghan Local Organizing Committee (CALOC) at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park to raise money for the Wild at Art Festival and raise awareness of the sport of biathlon. Max Saenger, manager of biathlon for the Vancouver Organizing Committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC) helped to run the event, along with the West Coast Nordics, Biathlon B.C. and the Squamish Lions Club.

Members of the community were invited to enter four-person teams into the shooting contests, which included the Turkey Shoot, a Take Your Best Shot contest, and the Biathlon Draw. The Council Crackers included Brent Leigh, his son Robert, Mike Jenson, and Raj Kahlon.

This winter CALOC is helping to implement a Biathlon Bears youth program for Sea to Sky corridor on behalf of Biathlon Canada. The Biathlon Bears program is for youth aged 7 to 12, and provides a safe way to learn the sport of biathlon, which combines Nordic skiing with marksmanship.

Information on upcoming events, training sessions for officials, and developments in the Callaghan Nordic Centre can be found at