Manitoulin Island biathlete devotes year to training full-time

Mackenzie Turner

CANMORE, ALBERTA—Mackenzie Turner of Ice Lake has been living in Canmore, Alberta and training full-time as a biathlete.

“I moved out to Canmore last April,” explained 19-year-old Mackenzie. “I wanted to take time off since graduating from high school (Manitoulin Secondary School) and devote myself full-time to training. Last year I was doing some online college courses, but this year I have been just focusing on training with Rocky Mountain Racers, a club in Canmore.”

Mackenzie said in a typical week she trains six times, plus shoots an additional three to four times a week.

“Practice is normally a couple of hours each morning and then again in the afternoon or we do training individually in the afternoon and I work in the evenings,” she explained.

Mackenzie Turner

Her race season started in December of 2017 but didn’t get busy until this month (January 2018) because of the lack of snow.

“I haven’t had the best start to the season, but I have had a couple weeks off to regroup and my next race is this weekend, the Calforex Cup in Camrose,” said Mackenzie.

Despite her slow start to the season, Mackenzie qualified for the Nationals. The Canadian Biathlon Championships will be help in Charlo, New Brunswick, March 20 to 25. 

Mackenzie started at the Walden Biathlon Club at age 14 after seeing the sport on TV. At age 15 she was already competing nationally and was selected for Team Ontario.

Last year at Nationals Mackenzie placed fifth out of 20 racers in the Youth Women division of the 6km sprint with a time of 0:24:05.7 and fourth in the Youth Women division of the 7.5km individual race out of 19 racers with a time of 0:33:49.9.