Sabrina Angeconeb placed fourth in her age group at the army cadets provincial biathlon championship Feb. 4-6 at Falcon Lake on the Manitoba/Ontario border.
She was also eighth out of 18 female skiers.
“I was pretty happy. I just missed a medal,” Angeconeb, a Bearskin Lake band member and Thunder Bay resident, said.
Despite training since September, when race time came, it was a challenge, she said.
“We never really trained on icy, hard trails,” she said. “It was much harder to ski than I thought it would be.”
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and shooting, altnernating between both for the race.
At the qualifying race in November, the biathlete ran and shot because there was no snow.
“It was a pretty awesome experience to get to have a real race,” she said, admitting she battled a small bit of performance anxiety when she arrived in Falcon Lake.
“When we got there, I didn’t really want to ski. I looked around at everyone else and they seemed so big and strong and scary.”
But she overcame her fears.And now she is looking forward to resuming her training in September for next year.
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