Bulkley Valley biathlete Angus Tweedie reloads his rifle during zone competition at the BV biathlon target range in January. Tweedie picked up three gold medals at the BC Winter Games.

Tweedie picks up crown at BC winter games

Bulkley Valley biathlete, Angus Tweedie had an outstanding performance at the BC Winter Games with three first-place finishes.

Bulkley Valley biathlete, Angus Tweedie had an outstanding performance at this years BC Winter Games as he captured the top of the podium in three consecutive races.

Going into the competition, Tweedie hoped to make it to the podium at least once but to finishwith three gold medals was a bit unexpected.

“He did really well, I had Angus and four others as part of my team and they all did well. I think he just had lots of motivation and from my perspective he just had it all come together well for him,” said head coach Peter Tweedie.

Tweedie has been a contender for a few years now but has only really excelled in the last couple of years.

Taking top prizes at both zone tournaments and on the BC Cup circuit, where most of his competition comes from.

However, bringing home multiple gold medals was definitely the high point of the season for Tweedie.

“Basically all I could think of was how happy I was that I managed to achieve my training goal for the year,” he said. “Since my training goal was to get as high as I could at winter games and I did just that.”

Tweedie has been racing primarily the same group of competitors for the past couple of years which gave him a leg up on preparing a strategy that would see him atop the podium.

But sticking to a tough training regimen is what has kept Tweedie at the front of the pack.

“For a number of years I haven’t been a strong skier and then I just started focusing on ski practice a bit more so I could up my game,” he said.

However, next season might be a different story.

Now Tweedie goes on to the next division, racing athletes with more experience than him that are sure to give him a challenge.

Regardless, Tweedie is continuing to build on his strengths and is looking forward to next years opportunities to elevate his game once again.

“So far the Winter Games, they don’t count for BC Cup so I don’t have to defend any titles,” Tweedie said.

“But I do have to work for the BC Cup next year since I’m going up a category against some bigger guys that are pretty fast.

But I am going to be working pretty hard since next year I have a chance to get onto the BC team to go to nationals.”

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