CORNWALL, Ontario – A Cornwall sharp-shooter has been recognized on the international stage.
Marian Patrick, just 16, earned the highest Canadian score in the under-25 division at a National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom event in Bisley, England.
Consider it the Super Bowl of international shooting festivals, held annually since 1859, that attracts top marksman from all across the globe.
As a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet National Rifle Team, Patrick scored a total of 686.87 during the 11 matches in which she competed. She was presented the Gerry Ouellette Award, an award presented each year to the top under 25 member of a Canadian Team in Grand Aggregate by the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association.
“I joined cadets because my friend convinced me to try it, she was an air cadet but after researching I find army cadets more interesting because of I can go camping, expeditions, exchanges, and shooting,” she said.
Patrick is a cadet warrant officer at 2403 Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
“Going on (exchanges), meeting amazing people in England, going on summer training, gaining competition experiences and learning first-aid are just some of the many opportunities that the cadets program offered to me that I wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise,” she said.
The 16-year old CCVS student is hoping to compete in the 2020 Olympics.