*** At a ceremony in Fort Nelson on Tuesday night, the following four volunteers were celebrated for their hard work in that community:• Dean Larson, Hockey• Becky Froese, Multisport• Stephen Carmichael, Hockey• Jason Rowley, Hockey Dave Stenton – Soccer Janet Prestley – Softball Grant Spelsberg – Action Schools! BCCarlyle Kreiger – Softball Advertisement Seven of Fort St. John’s most dedicated citizens were celebrated on Wednesday night, at the Community Sports Hero Awards. At a well-attended ceremony at the Stonebridge Hotel, the group earned praise from Sport BC, for the countless hours they’ve spent organizing, facilitating, and supporting amateur sport in the community. Be it time spent training new officials, working the phones, or sharpening skates, the volunteers are the heartbeat of local sport, without whom the local sports systems simply would not exist. – Advertisement -Winning this year’s awards, were: Gary Alexander – Hockey Jenny Bell – Baseball / Softball Advertisement Pat Pimm – Golf A few of the volunteers were unable to attend the event, but those who did seemed to deflect the acclaim they had earned. Grant Spelsberg, a volunteer with several organizations, was honoured to win, but says he is just one part of a big team. [asset|aid=1789|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b6736f3d61d08b8705e4b76ed2688c0d-Spelsberg-1_1_Pub.mp3] Likewise, Jenny Bell, says she and others work for the kids, and winning an award is just ‘icing on the cake’. “I’m just one of many” says Bell. “The man who nominated me does just as much as I do. There’s hundreds of parents working for their kids and other people’s kids every day.” Congratulations to the seven winners.Advertisement
It isn’t easy to change the stock of your shotgun just three months before the Olympics and then expect to be bang on target from the first day. Shagun Chowdhary’s story is no different.Now with less than 50 days to go for the London Games, the trap shooter is gradually getting attuned to her new equipment, and says she expects her scores to peak at the right time.”Just five days before the London World Cup (in April), I changed my stock and got a new one that was better suited to me. It takes some time to get used to that, so my performance went down in that World Cup and the one in Lonato immediately thereafter.”But now it’s getting better and my scores are gradually coming up and I’m hoping to peak at the right time for the Olympics,” Shagun told Mail Today from Italy, where she is preparing for the July 27-August 14 London Olympics.The London World Cup was an important one for Olympic bound shooters, since it was an official test event that gave them a taste of the range and the conditions. For Shagun, it was a harrowing time, as she struggled with the weather to shoot 56 out of 75 clay birds.”The temperature really took us by surprise because it was something like seven degrees Celsius and there was a big wind chill factor too. The range itself and the visibility of the targets etc is great, but thanks to my stock and the weather, I really was trying to find myself at the time, which accounts for the score. But since then, I’ve been shooting better and better and have been training at temperatures in the mid-20s, which is around what we’ll get in London in August,” the 28-year-old shooter said.advertisementNow, the buzzword for the Jaipur girl is ‘consistency’, and she is working hard to achieve it.”Consistency is the key to shooting, and I’m looking to keep myself at an above average level for the time being. I know the reasons why my performance went down, and whatever changes had to be made to my technique have been made. I’m taking part in a few local competitions here in Italy to keep checking my scores in a competitive environment. It also helps that people like (former world champion) Jessica Rossi are shooting there,” she said.The field for women’s trap at the Olympics is generally the smallest of any shooting competition, since each qualified country is allowed to send only one shooter. That means there is approximately 1/6th chance of winning a medal, but Shagun doesn’t want to think about the odds at this stage.”The Italians, Russians, Slovakians and Spaniards have been traditionally very strong in women’s trap, and I expect them to be the main competitors. Of course who doesn’t want to win a medal, but my aim is to give my absolute best on the given day, and hopefully that’ll get me the laurels,” Shagun said.