Phoenix Varieur, 13, is Biathlon Ontario’s 2018/19 Juvenile Air Rifle Champion

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Phoenix Varieur loves biathlon. It shows in his commitment to the sport and his resulting successes, the most recent of which was being named Biathlon Ontario’s 2018/19 Juvenile Boy Air Rifle Champion.

“I am excited to receive it,” said Varieur, adding that “I don’t feel any different than before. I just love biathlon. I love the sport and I want to keep doing it.”

Varieur received the cup at an awards banquet on June 1 at Biathlon Ontario’s AGM Summit. The event was held at the Eagle Lake Gun Club in Sundridge, the first time it’s been held outside of Ottawa and showcased Eagle Lake as the newest training facility in Ontario for biathletes.

Varieur, 13, is in grade 7 at Tawingo College. He’s been mentored in his sport by his older cousins Zak and Natasia Varieur, both Huntsville residents, and has spent most of his weekends and free time from October through March for the last three years training and racing with the Highlands Trailblazers, based out of Collingwood.

Over the past year, Varieur has competed at six biathlon events in Ontario as well as races in Chelsea, Quebec and Valcartier, Quebec, and won at provincials.

Phoenix Varieur with his Biathlon Ontario 2018/19 Juvenile Boy Air Rifle Champion award (Photo courtesy of Mike Varieur)

Phoenix Varieur with his Biathlon Ontario 2018/19 Juvenile Boy Air Rifle Champion award (Photo courtesy of Mike Varieur)

Varieur will be racing with Team Hardwood for the 2019/20 season, and has already begun training. He participated in a twelve-hour precision-shooting training session at the Eagle Lake Gun Club last weekend to improve his rifle skills. He hopes to participate in competitions for both air rifle and .22 calibre rifle in the upcoming season, as well as qualify to compete in the Ontario Winter Games.

Another local biathlete, Trevor Kiers from Sundridge (who now calls Canmore, Alberta home) also took home a special award for Athlete of the Year at the awards banquet.

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