Seven local biathletes earn medals

Abbotsford's Silverfox Squadron excels at event in Whistler

Abbotsford biathletes (left to right) Thomas Schratz

Abbotsford biathletes (left to right) Thomas Schratz

Seven local biathletes and members of the 861 Silverfox Air Cadet team returned home with some hardware at the Cadet Zone Biathlon Competition on Jan.16 in Whistler.

Earning Gold medals were Cpl. Ethan Algra (junior boys), AC Ariel Bussani (junior girls), Sgt. Thomas Schratz (senior Boys) and Cpl. Jinny Lee (senior girls).

Silver medals went to FCpl Emmanuel Bussani (junior boys), FCpl Sharon Park (senior girls) and FSgt William Schratz (youth men).

The gold and silver medal winning biathletes along with teammates Cpl. Caelen Pennington and AC William Tang will continue onto the Provincial Championship on Feb. 6 and 7 at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.

The Air Cadets of 861 Silverfox Squadron have been a well established youth group in Abbotsford for over 35 years. It is a program that develops in youth a sense of citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while also promoting an interest in the aviation and aerospace industry. The program is offered to young people ages 12 to 18 years with activities such as: flying, biathlon training, music/band training, marksmanship, effective speaking, ceremonial drill training, leadership skills, first aid training, and general sports and fitness. It is a civilian and military supported group with no obligation for youth to pursue military service or a military career.

For more info, visit or find the group on Facebook under “861 Silverfox Air Cadet Squadron”.