Junior Canadian Rangers arrive at National Marksmanship Championship
27 April 2012
Written by Captain Steve Watton, Unit Public Affairs Officer,
1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Junior Canadian Rangers from the hamlets of Carcross, YT, Paulatuk, NT, and Taloyoak, NU, gather for a team photo before going on a tour of HMCS Ottawa in Victoria, BC on Friday, April 27, 2012.
VICTORIA, BC - Ten Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) from the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut Territory, all members of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG), have arrived at Albert Head Training Facility in Metchosin (Victoria), BC, to participate in the JCR National Marksmanship Championship (NMC) being held from April 27 to 29, 2012.
They joined 40 Junior Canadians Rangers (JCRs) from across Canada who will put their skills to the test and compete for glory and gold during the 4th annual JCR Air Rifle Championships being hosted by the 4 CRPG.
The 1CRPG (Northern JCRs) first team consists of Paul Green, Theresa Ruben , Madison Ruben, Shaun Trasher and Trevor Trasher, from Paulatuk, NT. The second team consists of Junette Kingmeatuq, Darren Ogruk, Nathan Maniniaq, from Taloyoak, NU, and Shyanne Spenner, Kevin Welim, from Carcross, YT.
"In addition to being a marksmanship championship, it is a wonderful opportunity for the JCRs from all across Canada to meet and learn more about Victoria, British Columbia and about each other." Says Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett, Chief of Reserves & Cadets.
The JCR NMC is the culmination of a year's marksmanship training for JCRs across Canada. The participants have already successfully competed in local marksmanship competitions to earn their place at the nationals.
The marksmanship programme is an integral part of the JCR Programme in that it "teaches self-discipline, builds confidence and allows JCRs the opportunity to compete equally in a recreational sport that is gender neutral. Any one of these JCRs will tell you that, "it is also a lot of fun!"
From left to right, Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) Theresa Ruben from Paulatuk , Shyanne Spenner from Carcross, Junette Kingmeatuq from Taloyoak, Madison Ruben from Paultuk (on bed) arrive at Albert Head Training Centre on April 26 for the 2012 JCR National Marksmanship Championships.
"It is very exciting to travel all the way from Taloyoak where we have no trees and temperatures still in the - 20 oC to beautiful and warm British Columbia be a part of this experience." said Junior Ranger Junette Kingmeatuq, This is an opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to meet new friends from across Canada."
All ten JCRs from 1 CRPG will certainly be putting the key principles of marksmanship that include aiming, breathing, and trigger control in action as they shoot against the best in the country.
Every JCR receives special instructions in weapons handling and safety from qualified instructors before being allowed to firing the air rifle on the 10 metre indoor range.
The JCR Programme is a community based, dynamic youth program which aims to develop citizenship and leadership in Canada's youth through a set of fun, challenging, well-organized, and safe activities.