Kelowna pulls in big events

A competitor takes part in the 2019 Okanagan Open Skeet Tournament. Kelowna is to host next year’s provincial and Western Canadian championships.

The Central Okanagan Shotgun Sports Club will be hosting next year's B. C. skeet championships from June 5-7 and the Western Canadian skeet championship July 17-19.

This will be the first time the provincial championships have been held in the B.C. Interior as there has never been a facility large enough to accommodate the tournament.

The Western Canadian championship will welcome participants from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. The 2019 championships were held in Calgary this summer with COSSC president Bob Larue winning the preliminary event and vice-president Greg Burgess as runner-up.

These are National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) registered competitions. For each of the competitions, a maximum of 40 competitors will be participating in five events. The first day of competition is the most demanding, shooting 100 doubles from different positions, with two targets released simultaneously from a high house and a low house at opposite ends of the field.

In the other events, participants move through eight stations with a single high and low bird at each station, and doubles at four of the positions.

This pattern is repeated moving through four gauges of shot, from 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge to .410. As competitors move up in gauge, there is less lead to send to the target, and a smaller shot pattern to create a greater challenge.

Larue initiated the Western Canadian tourney in 2011 and said he looks forward to welcoming shooters from B.C. and Western Canada to our new facility in Kelowna.

“I also look forward to home field advantage for the first time in both events,” he said.

The public is welcome to view these events. Learn more at www.cossclub.ca.

This story appeared on page B3 of the Sept. 6, 2019, print edition.