Ice Lake biathlete excels at Canadian champions

Biathlete Mackenzie Turner, of Ice Lake, has posted some very good scores in her races this season.

CANMORE, ALBERTA—Ice Lake biathlete Mackenzie Turner fared well at the Canadian Biathlon Champions in Canmore, Alberta last week bringing home a fourth and a fifth place win.

Mackenzie placed fifth out of 20 racers in the Youth Women division of the 6km sprint with a time of 0:24:05.7.

She placed fourth in the Youth Women division of the 7.5km individual race out of 19 racers with a time of 0:33:49.9.

The 18-year-old graduated from Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) last year, but took this year off to focus on her athletics as well as taking some online college courses. Mackenzie is working towards becoming an ecosystem management technician.

Her season was off to a rough start with the Canmore races being cancelled at the beginning of the season due to cold weather followed by an illness before her next round of races, leading to Mackenzie to not perform as well as anticipated. But after a brief bumpy period Mackenzie’s season improved, earning two second place finishes in Jericho, Vermont and a first and a third place at races in Lake Placid, New York. At the Eastern Canadian Championships in Val Cartier, Quebec, she boasted a second and a third place finish.

This was Mackenzie’s fourth time attending Nationals, with the Island athlete ranking third in Canada in her age group last year.

Mackenzie is from Ice Lake where she grew learning how to shoot a rifle, giving her a base for the sport  and first became interested in biathlons after seeing them on TV. She reached out to the Walden Biathlon Club at age 14 for training and at the age of 15 she started competing and was selected for Team Ontario and represented the province at the Nationals that same year.