National Cadet Biathlon Championship Comes to Valcartier from March 14 to 20,

VALCARTIER, QC, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, will officially open the 23rd National Cadet Biathlon Championship on March 14 at 2:30 pm at the Biathlon Centre in Valcartier.

This championship will bring together 138 cadet biathletes from every province in Canada. One of the three objectives of the Canadian Cadet Program (CCP), a youth program for 12- to 18-year-olds, is to promote participation in sports and physical fitness among adolescents. The CCP has produced several national, international and Olympic-calibre biathletes, including Myriam Bédard, double gold medalist at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; Martine Albert, who participated in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, and holds over 30 Canadian and North American titles and a World Championships bronze medal; and Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, who also took part in his first Olympics in Turin, who is currently in the top 30 in the World Cup standings, and who gave an excellent performance at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, coming in sixth and eleventh in the events for his discipline.

These young people are the best cadet biathletes in their province, and many of them have undertaken this challenge with the hope of one day attaining Olympic glory.

The media and the public are invited to attend the activities and competitions at the Myriam Bédard Biathlon Centre located on Valcartier Garrison, near Quebec City.

    March 14, 2:30 pm:  Opening ceremony (training starts at 10:00 am)
    March 15, 9:00 am:  Male relay race / 12:00 pm female relay race
    March 16, 9:00 am:  Male sprint race / 12:00 pm female sprint race
    March 18, 9:00 am:  Female pursuit race / 12:00 pm male pursuit race
    March 19, 10:00 am: Patrol race

For more information about the CCP, visit our website at

SOURCE National Defence

For further information: For further information: Captain Sheryl Major, (438) 881-0520

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