The US Goodwill Rifle team attended the 2015 Canadian F-Class National Championships in mass, with 32 members making the trip to Connaught Range just outside of Ottawa, Canada. The home of the 2017 F-Class World Championships drew the largest group of shooters in the event’s history, which also led to one of the strongest field of individual shooters since the previous World Championships.
Nineteen (19) members of the US Rifle Team and thirteen members of the US F-Open team banded together to form the Goodwill team that enjoyed this wonderfully organized event with positive performances. Our US Team Vice-Captain, James Crofts came away as the 2015 Canadian FTR Champion and our Team Adjutant, Paul Phillips placed 2nd. Overall, the team placed 11 shooters in the top 20 with John Pierce 5th, Phil Kelley 6th, Sierra Scott 8 th, Robby Burton 10th, Dan Lentz 16th, Doug Boyer 17th, Tracy Hogg 19th and David Conrath 20th.
The focus of our group for the team matches was on training, as the World Championships are just two short years away. Weather was unusually warm with the mirage dominating what is typically a wind reader’s range. 8-man, 4-man and International team events allowed for valuable preparation experience. Overall performances were positive while highlighting areas of improvement we are excited to incorporate into our training.
Thanks and congratulations go out to the entire Canadian Team. As usual, their event coordination and individual and team performances were World Class. We appreciate all the hospitality and sportsmanship that was demonstrated during the event. We also thank each of our Team USA sponsors for helping facilitate the largest group of US participants in event history. We are in great shape as we look to the future.