Canadian National Pistol Championships 2003
The 2003 Canadian National Pistol Championships were held in Edmonton, Alberta between July 13th and 18th. The event was hosted by the Alberta Shooting Sports Federation and the Alberta Handgun Association, under the auspices of the Shooting Federation of Canada. It was good to see the usual suspects from Saskatchewan helping officiate, as well as the volunteers from Alberta. Many thanks to all of you for giving the competitors a fine match.
All of the rimfire/centrefire matches were held at the Strathcona Shooting Range while the airgun events at the Ellerslie Curling Rink. This was the same range used to host the 2001 Pistol Championships, as well as the 1978 Commonwealth Games. I believe that a U.I.T. World Cup was also held there in the early '80s. Unfortunately, as of the summer of 2003, the City of Edmonton (which owns the property) is considering leveling the property and turning it into a series of soccer fields. The only thing that seems to be holding back the bulldozers is that the range is part of the venue for the 2005 World Masters Games. Given the fact that the range is on the outskirts of the city and is surrounded for miles by open fields, the choice makes little sense. Why knock down buildings to make flat land, when the buildings are surrounded by flat land? Unfortunately, this could be another important piece of Canada's shooting heritage lost.
On a happier note: here are some pictures and the UNOFFICIAL results are listed below.
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