After competing in canoekayak in three Canada Games, a Western Canada Games, the Pan American Championships, and Canadian National Championships – all in the last six years, Emma Mitchell needed a new challenge. Following the 2017 Canada Summer Games, she knew she really wanted to compete in another Games, but this time in a winter sport. After talking to some friends and finding out the local biathlon team training for the 2019 Canada Winter Games needed more females, she signed herself up.
Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport, which combines competitive, free-technique cross country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship. Cave drawings found in Norway, dating back some 5,000 years, give us the earliest record of skiing and carrying a weapon for hunting or fighting.
While she doesn’t have much experience competing in biathlon, her Games experience and success has prepared her for this major, national, multi-sport competition.
“I did a lot of skiing for cross-training in canoekayak. I really enjoyed it and wanted to do more, so I got into Biathlon,” Mitchell noted.
Her goal for the 2019 Games, is to surprise herself and everyone else. Ski fast and shoot well.
Mitchell will compete in the 7.5km pursuit, 6km sprint, and 10km individual races this week in Red Deer. Watch the livestream of the competition or visit the archive on canadagames.live/biathlon to see her compete!