SUNDRIDGE – The Eagle Lake Gun Club is building a provincial centre of excellence for biathlon training and racing.
The facility will be one of only two biathlon training centres of this calibre in eastern Canada – the other being in Valcartier, Que., and the project has received $95,540 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to upgrade the biathlon infrastructure and trail network.
Upgrades, such as installing bleachers, building a waxing cabin and team shelters, and purchasing a power groomer, are needed in order to be sanctioned by Biathlon Ontario as a training and competition centre for provincial- and national-calibre athletes.
“As biathlon grows in popularity, many clubs in Ontario have started offering coaching in the sport, but none have a dedicated trail or shooting facility that can support the training or competition environments required for provincial- and national-calibre athletes,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller. “With our government’s support, the Eagle Lake Gun Club will be able to host professional training camps and competitions, as well as increase sports tourism in the Almaguin Highlands Region.”
Eagle Lake Gun Club is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, multi-disciplined shooting club that has been operating for more than 60 years.