Pistol Champion Allan Harding Comments on Bill C-71, Competition

Allan Harding with shooting glasses. Source: Allan Harding.

Allan Harding with shooting glasses. Source: Allan Harding.

TheGunBlog.ca — Allan Harding, the 2016 and 2017 Canadian National Pistol Champion, is the only male pistol shooter competing to represent Team Canada in the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Series. He spoke to TheGunBlog.ca about competing around the world while managing a team of software engineers for Adobe Systems, the road to the 2020 Olympics, and Bill C-71, the Canadian government’s proposed law to make it tougher for federally licensed gun owners to buy, own and use firearms.

Continue reading

Q&A With Team Canada Pistol Shooter Lynda Kiejko

Lynda Kiejko, Team Canada 2016 Shooter

Lynda Kiejko, Team Canada 2016 Shooter. Credit: Heather Rattai Photography

Lynda Kiejko qualified as one of two shooters representing Canada in next month’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 35-year-old resident of Calgary will compete in the women’s 25-metre pistol and 10-metre air pistol.

Kiejko began shooting at the age of 11 after her father, a three-time Olympic shooter, now deceased, set up an air-pistol range in the basement of their home. Her home range today is the Calgary Rifle & Pistol Club. Her older sister, Dorothy, is also an Olympic shooter.

The following are excerpts from a Skype interview with Kiejko on July 14. Click here for the full transcript as a PDF.

For more information, visit Kiejko’s website at CanadianShootingStars.com, or her page on the Canadian Olympic Team’s website.

Q: What excites you the most about Rio?
Once I fire that first shot, I’m officially an Olympian. After that, I just get to shoot. I get to do what I love to do. This is such an incredible opportunity that I get to do it on such a great world stage.

Continue reading