Omineca biathletes are looking forward to spending less time shovelling snow and more time shooting during weekly practices this season.  Also thanks to six lanes of lights, practicing outside of the short winter daylight hours is now possible!
Omineca biathletes are looking forward to spending less time shovelling snow and more time shooting during weekly practices this season. Also thanks to six lanes of lights, practicing outside of the short winter daylight hours is now possible!

The Omineca Ski Club has sent in a report and some pictures to unveil the new roof over the targets at their biathlon range.

 

The extremely knowledgeable and energetic engineering & design team was headed by Randy Hamp with his crew Bryan Dickson and Wes Bender. Thanks guys! Without your dedication the targets would still be covered with pellet bags.

Here are a few of their design highlights: Steel box/rubber belted bullet catchers mounted on the back wall; a simplistic yet very functional metal sliding system for the paper targets; a long concrete pad under the entire structure; angle iron mounted horizontally to hang the metal targets (no more target legs for the groomer to hit!) And not to forget… Omineca colours highlight the entire roof! How cool!

 

THANK YOUs This project would have stalled at the design phase without the generous donations of many people and community organizations!

One of the first practices with snow: no shovelling the targets and no time spent covering the targets after practice:-)
One of the first practices with snow: no shovelling the targets and no time spent covering the targets after practice:-)

First, thanks to the wickedly awesome club crew (Wes, Randy, Bryan, Matt, Gabriela, Mary, Nick, Dale, Agathe, Waneta, Cole, Adrienne, Ava, Kyle, Nicole, and Julia) who banked hundreds of volunteer hours in labour to build the structure.  For all the monetary funds and donated supplies, enormous THANK YOUs go out to the Burns Lake Community Forest for their generous $15000 donation towards this project; Biathlon BC for the $2000 grant which bought the tin for the project; Hampton Affiliates for their donation of all the 2×4 and 2×6 lumber; Concrete Man for a full load of cement; Alistair and Ben for a cash donation used for bright white paint; Henry Jansen for lumber wrap and labour; Andy Corfe for his steel donation used for bullet catchers and target hangers; Doug Campbell for his electrical expertise and pole climbing ability; Starland for a cash donation that was used for all the wiring needs; and Flintstone Mining for all the heavy equipment work, endless free materials & tool rental, and a cash donation!

 

 

Photo from the  Omineca AMAZING Relay 2015
Photo from the
Omineca AMAZING Relay 2015

Come see the new covered roof in person! 

 

Join OSC for the second annual Omineca AMAZING Relay on March 12, 2016.  To learn more about this exciting one-of-a-kind biathlon event, visit www.ominecaskiclub.ca. Also check out the new OSC promo video (posted on the homepage) which is filled with fun footage from the Omineca AMAZING Relay in 2015! Footage includes athletes, coaches, support staff, and cheering squads from Smithers, Vanderhoof and Prince George.