Cadet Molly Caldwell, 12, of Golden took on the Provincial Cadet Biathlon Competition this weekend at Mt. Washington in Comox, B.C., and is headed to Charlottetown, P.E.I. next month with her brother Douglas, to compete on the B.C. National Cadet Biathlon Team.
She placed second in the Cadet junior female category, a 4.5 km sprint race. This was only her second competition in biathlon.
Molly and Douglas are cadets with 3066 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Golden. This is her first year as a cadet and her first year competing in biathlon.
Her older brothers, Douglas and Robert, also compete in biathlon and placed first and fourth in their categories.
“I joined the Cadet Program to compete in biathlon. I ski competitively but I haven’t quite got the hang of marksmanship. It’s fun to be here meeting new people,” Molly said.
More than 80 cadets competed, testing their fitness, skiing, teamwork, and marksmanship skills against the best cadet biathletes in the province in hopes of achieving a spot on the B.C. National Cadet Biathlon Team and attending the National Cadet Biathlon Championship March 5 to 10 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Team Canada 2018 Olympic biathlete Emma Lunder was first introduced to her sport through the Cadet program in Vernon, B.C.
The Cadet program aims to develop attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth ages 12 to 18 in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.