NEWS RELEASE · 6th March 2010
Sharp shooting Brochez siblings take home medals
Sister and brother Brianna and Nick Brochez of Burns Lake had a little more in common at the end of the day Friday as they both claimed medals in the junior division of the individual biathlon competition at the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games.
Brianna earned gold, the first top prize for the host North West zone team, while Nick just missed making it double gold for the Brochez family with a silver medal performance. Quesnel’s Kieron Langan was the juvenile champion.
Biathlon competitors had to contend with a change in format Friday due to the unseasonable lack of snow, with the skiing component changed to running.
The Brochez siblings train on weekends at their local ski club in Omineca, which is equipped with a new biathlon range. Brianna, who credits her mom for getting her into the sport, completed the 4-kilometre course in 30:12 with only four penalties taken on the shooting range. Nick completed the course in 25:40 with only six penalties taken on the shooting range. They had the day’s top two shooting scores in their categories.
Rounding out the medal winners were Louisa Tsang of Burnaby who won silver and Kate Curtis of Vernon who won bronze in the junior girls competition. RJ Lee of West Kelowna was the juvenile bronze winner.
High energy Langan runs down gold in biathlon
Junior boys division biathlon champion Keiron Langon, of Quesnel, won a close one Friday in the individual competition at the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games. Langan’s strong run led him to complete the biathlon in 21:25, putting him on top of the podium. An unseasonable lack of snow has resulted in the biathletes running, instead of skiing the course.
Langan said his secret to success is his high energy mindset. He came to the Winter Games in Terrace following a strong showing at the Western Canadian Championships in Hinton, AB where he won gold and bronze.
Finishing behind Langan were Nick Brochez of Burns Lake (Zone 7 North West) and RJ Lee of West Kelowna (Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan).
Speedy St. Pierre captures biathlon gold
Cedric St.Pierre of Garibaldi Highlands combined a strong run and accurate shooting to win gold in the individual portion of the senior boys biathlon competition Friday at the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games. Clocking a time of 33:50 earned the top of the podium for the competitor from the Vancouver-Squamish Zone 5 team.
An unseasonable lack of snow necessitated a change in format for biathlon competition, with running replacing skiing. Commenting on the impact of the change, St. Pierre indicated that technique is not as important when running. When asked why he competes in biathlon, St. Pierre said, “To make friends, have fun and do the best I can.”
Jeffrey Dietrich of Ladysmith (33:56) earned silver for Zone 6 Vancouver Island-Central Coast while North Vancouver’s Donald Grant (37:19) claimed bronze, the second medal for Zone 5.
The entrance to the Rod and Gun Club Grounds in Thornhill, BC
The Volunteers prepared the grounds for the visiting atheletes