PREVIEW: Canadians hoping to find their range at Para-shooting

Second event of three for the Canadians goes Tuesday

Doug Blessin lining up a shot. He will be competing in his second event of the games Tuesday Courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada’s second shot in the range hopes to find the mark.

Doug Blessin and Lyne Tremblay will compete in the R5 mixed 10-metre air rifle prone SH2 qualification on Wednesday morning in Japan.

Blessin, a two-time Paralympian, originally played wheelchair rugby. He decided to temporarily retire from the sport after the birth of his children.

When life at home became less busy, the 48-year-old from Port Coquitlam, B.C. made his return, swapping a ball for a rifle. Since then, he has attended the London 2012 and Rio 2016 games, achieving a personal-best finish of sixth in the latter.

His teammate, six-time Paralympian Chris Trifonidis, has shared an immense amount of shooting knowledge with him and Blessin regards him as an inspiration.

Meanwhile, Tremblay is competing in her third Paralympic games, but this is her first in shooting.

The Magog, Que. native represented Canada in para-archery at both the 2008 and 2012 games. She took up shooting in 2014 after a post-London games injury.

The 58-year-old has been an active participant in other sports throughout her career, previously competing as a para-alpine skier.

Tremblay made headlines this year by constructing a shooting range in her home in order to continue preparing for the games during the pandemic.

The events begin at 10:30 p.m. EST Tuesday night/11:30 a.m. JST Wednesday morning.

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Posted: Aug 31 2021 3:57 pm
Filed under: Parasports Shooting Sports Tokyo Paralympics