Vanderhoof biathlete marks silver in summer race

Vanderhoof biathlete Linnea Moutray marked two silver medals at the 2016 BC Summer Biathlon Championships this season.

Linnea Moutray (left) won silver in the Senior Girls six-kilometre sprint event and in the individual race at the  2016 BC Summer Biathlon Championship in Whistler’s Olympic Park on Sept. 24 and 25.

Linnea Moutray (left) won silver in the Senior Girls six-kilometre sprint event and in the individual race at the 2016 BC Summer Biathlon Championship in Whistler’s Olympic Park on Sept. 24 and 25.

Skiing and shooting did not stop for Vanderhoof biathlete Linnea Moutray, as she marked two silver medals at the 2016 BC Summer Biathlon Championships this season.

On Sept. 24 and 25 in Whistler’s Olympic Park, Moutray placed second in the Senior Girls six-kilometre sprint event and second in the individual race.

“I’m very happy with how the biathlon competition went in Whistler,” Moutray said. “We train every day either on roller skis, biking or shooting at the range.”

Hitting the trails against participants from the West Coast as well as Kelowna, she competed in an older age category for more competition during this event. The new challenge for Moutray involved an additional 1.5 kilometres of racing and an extra bout of shooting to each race, as well as involving 50 per cent of the shooting component in the standing position.

“This spring I started shooting in the standing position during training to start getting used to it,” she said, adding that she also participated in Biathlon BC performance camps this summer. “It’s been going well so I decided to compete up for this competition.”

Before the start of the winter biathlon season, Moutray will be training in a week-long camp in November to prepare for the provincial BC Cup events in Kelowna, Quesnel, Whistler, and Burns Lake.

“My focus is to just keep my training level up until the season starts,” Moutray said.