A native of Bristol’s Hope is on the roster for the Canadian shooting team for the Commonwealth Games.
Mark Hynes competed in Glasgow, Scotland today (Monday, July 28) in an event that has been around for more than a century, the 50-metre pistol.
Mark, along with 15 other Canadians, were named to the team earlier this month, and will compete throughout the two-week long competition, July 23 to Aug. 3.
The 50-metre event consists of a marksman shooting a pistol at a target 50-metres away with a .22 caliber bullet. The shooter gets 60 individual rounds of ammunition to use within an hour-and-a-half using only one hand.
“The competition will be quite stiff in Scotland,” Hynes explained before heading to Scotland.
He received a final score of 527, which awarded him 14th overall. The Top-8 advanced to the final.
Developing the skill
It has been five years since Mark, who now lives in British Columbia, first competed on the international scene. In 2009, he represented Canada at the World Military Shooting Championships in Croatia.
Since then, 40-year-old Mark has competed at two World Cups in the United States and a continental championship in Brazil.
But how exactly does a young man growing up in Bristol’s Hope take up a sport like shooting?
His father, Ray Hynes, is also an expert marksman.
A retired RCMP officer, who still resides in Bristol’s Hope, Ray taught Mark how to shoot in the 1980s. He was also the coach of the Canada Summer Games pistol shooting team for several years.
In 1991, Mark and a teammate from Labrador brought home bronze medals from the Canada Games. In 1993 he won the Canadian Air Gun Pistol Championships in Quebec.
Mark is in the Canadian Forces and has competed in shooting events as a member of the Canadian Military Rifle team.
His resume is long in the sport, and he continues to make a name for himself nationally through his success. And this trip is expected to continue that trend.
“It will be great to represent Canada at such a prestigious event,” Mark said.
He has received many national awards over the years, including a third place finish at last year’s national championship. Mark has also been named a national champion in the 50-metre pistol twice.
Mark’s next big competition when he returns from Scotland will be the 2014 Canadian nationals in Camrose, Alta.
He will also take part in the world championship in Granada, Spain, and the continental championship in Guadalajara, Mexico later this fall.