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PASSING LANE – Cyril Angulalik (left), of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and Colin Tilley, of Arctic Bay, Nunavut take part in the Northern Territorial Cadet Biathlon Championships at Grey Mountain in Whitehorse last Sunday.

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GREEN ROOM – Rosie Lang, of Whitehorse, waits for her start on Day 2 of the Northern Territorial Cadet Biathlon Champs.

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IN THE SHADOW OF GIANTS – Cadets shoot from the prone position during the Northern Territorial Cadet Biathlon Championships at Grey Mountain last Sunday. The competition was used to select the group of athletes from the North who would compete at nationals in Val Cartier, Que. at the end of the month.

Whitehorse cadets qualify for national competition

Not even a sprained ankle could keep Aurora Krause from competing last weekend.

By Marissa Tiel on February 15, 2017

Not even a sprained ankle could keep Aurora Krause from competing last weekend.

The 14-year-old from 551 Whitehorse Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron skied and shot her way to a spot on Team North with a win and a bronze at last weekend’s Northern Territorial Cadet Biathlon Championships, held at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range in Whitehorse.

“It’s painful” she said of her ankle last night, “but manageable.”

This will be Krause’s first cadet biathlon nationals appearance, after missing out on the team by a handful of spots last year.

She will be joined by three other athletes from Whitehorse, including Rosie Lang, who won all her races last weekend, Aidan Hupe who won both of his as well, and teammate Noah Gilbert who finished second both times behind Hupe.

Cadets were provided rifles for the competition and since the firearms didn’t have hookups for a sling, the cadets all shot without support, but on the bigger standing targets, even when shooting prone.

When they travel to Val Cartier, Que. at the end of this month for nationals, they will be permitted to use slings.

The cadet athletes will also be accompanied by two cadet officials. Morgan Yuill, 16, was selected. Alexandria Duchaine, who has been a competitor for the past few seasons will take a step back and attend nationals as a cadet coach, assisting the adult coach and taking on a leadership role.

RCACS 551 Commanding Officer Jennifer Lafreniere was beaming with pride last night for her team.

In addition to their normal cadet schedule, the biathlon team has been practising about twice a week with instruction from Biathlon Yukon athlete Liam Adel and Stride and Glide instructor Mike Gladish.

Team North for cadet biathlon nationals

Open Male

Spencer Littlefair Yellowknife
MacKenzie Baker Yellowknife

Junior Male

Aidan Hupe Whitehorse
Noah Gilbert Whitehorse

Open Female

Rosie Lang Whitehorse
Aurora Krause Whitehorse

Open Mix

Melissa Clark Yellowknife
Dylan Tilley Arctic Bay

*One team of two has not yet been finalized.

Bold denotes local athletes.

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Former Lion on Feb 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

So nice to see a story about 551 in the news!! To long the media has sat silent on this wonderful youth group. 551 has a long history and a proud heritage of serving this community and it is a shame the media ignores it the way it does. Congrats to the AIR cadets, thank you for your contribution to our community and THANK YOU For keeping the spirit of the LION alive!!!

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LCol Michele Claveau on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Well done NW cadets. Congrats on your spirit of fitness, fun, teamwork and good sportsmanship. You are all winners. Good luck to all competitors at nationals in Valcartier!

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Captain Robert VanderLee on Feb 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

A wonderful weekend in Whitehorse.. very proud of all the competitors, some of whom flew for the first time out of their community to attend the event at Boyle Barracks and at Grey Mountain. Thanks for all the help Whitehorse and Biathlon Yukon. Rob V. Chief of Competition

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