Practice, practice, practice.
That's the name of the game this week for two members of the 134 Admiral Mountbatten Royal Canadian Sea Cadet corps in Sudbury as they prepare to take on the province's best biathletes this weekend in Sault Ste. Marie.
Cadet Henri Lefebvre and Master Seaman Brayden Boyle are bound for the Soo after securing a silver medal in the Northern Ontario junior boys competition the weekend of Jan. 27-28.
Biathlon combines the sport of cross-country skiing and marksmanship.
“It's something else,” said the corps commanding officer, Vickie Boucher.
This is the first time Admiral Mountbatten has had cadets qualify for the provincial competition.
“We participate every year, and for us, this is a first,” Boucher said. “It's nice to see these kids excel. We don't train for it all year round. We start in October and we compete at the end of January. It's a short amount of time.”
Lefebvre and Boyle were part of a nine-cadet team from the local corps to compete. Each cadet competed in two races, an individual race and a pairs competition.
“The boys are nervous, but they're also really excited to be going to provincial this weekend.”
There are some very strong competitors from across the province waiting for the local boys, Boucher said.
“We just want them to go out there and do the best they can — that's all we can ask of them,” she said.