As reported in Lakes District News edition of Feb. 16, 2011, 19 year old local resident Allie Dickson competed in three biathlon events at the Canada Winter Games held in Halifax, Nova Scotia recently.
Dickson competed as part of Team B.C. who brought a total of 242 athletes and 74 coaches to the games.
In the female, 7.5 kilometre sprint, Dickson came in 24 place with a time of 30:11.2.
First place went to Dickson’s B.C. team mate and friend Sarah Lucy Croockewit Beaudry with a time of 22:36.9.
In the 12.5 kilometre individual female race Dickson came in 17 position with a time of 54:36.8 from a field of 37 athletes. First place went to Audrey Vaillaincourt from Quebec who clocked a time of 39.31.7.
In the 10 kilometre pursuit female event Dickson came in 24 position with a time of 49:02.9.
Dickson was also part of the Team B.C. women’s relay who claimed the bronze medal position behind Alberta with a silver and team Quebec came in first.
She said to Lakes District News that she was part of the relay team but didn’t participate in the bronze medal race.
“I had problems with my shins and I also had slower times than the other three relay team members. They have four members to a relay team, but only three can race,” Dickson said.
She went on to say that she was the best cheerleader at the games, cheering on her relay team from the sidelines.
“I was not happy overall with my performance at the games. I didn’t shoot well which makes a lot of difference, but I had fun so I was happy in the end,” Dickson said.
She added that she also had to race up a category with people above her age group.
Dickson said she was grateful of the support she received from local residents.
“I received many emails from people telling me how proud they are of me. I had a lot of support from Burns Lake, even people that I have never met before sent emails, it was really nice,” she added.