Sandspit marksman on Ranger team

  • May. 28, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Submitted article–Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) Brody MacNeil is an active member of the Sandspit JCR Patrol. This grade 8 student at AL Mathers was born and raised in the Haida Gwaii and spends his free time playing sports, biking and mowing lawns. Fifty Junior Canadians Rangers from across Canada participated in the Daisy Air Rifle Championship. Marksmanship (NMC) is an important component of the JCR Programme as it teaches self-discipline, builds confidence, and allows JCRs the opportunity to compete equally in a recreational sport that is gender neutral.Being a JCR also takes up time on Brody’s schedule. He steps up modestly to leadership positions when required, and helps with the set up of JCR events and exercises. Brody’s soft-spoken personality and quiet disposition allow him a steady hand at shooting practice with the JCRs. A steady hand may just be the reason that Brody earned himself one of ten coveted positions on the JCR Shooting Team. This team represented the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4 CRPG) – Western Canada – at the recent NMC in Victoria. Brody is a natural with an air rifle and his scores during the championship reflected both his quiet confidence and weapon handling skills.