Bristol's Hope native rises to the top

Nicholas Mercer
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A Bristol’s Hope native has shot his way to a pair of national titles.


Bristol's Hope native and sharpshooter Mark Hynes will compete July 28 at the Commonwealth Games in the 50-metre pistol event.

Competing at the National Pistol Championship in Camrose, Alta., sharpshooter Mark Hynes captured the title in the 10 metre air pistol finals on Aug. 10 after a narrow victory over Matt Hendry of Saskatchewan.

Hynes, who lives in British Columbia, lead heading into the final after a pair of strong qualifying matches.

The title is his first in the 10m division since 2009. Since then, he has finished in the top-3 every year.

Hynes’ qualification score in the 10m shoot has earned him the opportunity to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games selection trials. The Games are scheduled for July 10-26 in Toronto, Ont.

He followed up the win the 10m competition with a gold medal in the 25m centre fire competition.

Hynes last competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. There he finished 14th in 50m pistol.

Hynes also plans on competing at the 11th Championship of the Americas in Mexico this October.

Hynes has two more events before the national championships conclude later this week.

Organizations: Commonwealth Games

Geographic location: Camrose, Saskatchewan, British Columbia Toronto, Ont Glasgow Scotland Americas Mexico

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