Biathlon Canada welcomes Lapua ammunition to help Canadian biathlon athletes take aim at international podium
Ottawa, May 26, 2005
Biathlon Canada is pleased to announce a two-year partnership with Lapua Ammunition, a high end ammunition company based in Finland. Lapua will become the official supplier of training and competition ammunition to the national biathlon teams at all levels and will be supplied to the Canadian team through Nova Scotia based supplier Hirsch Precision. The partnership is worth almost $35,000 over the two year period and will allow all athletes on the national teams to train with top end ammunition throughout the entire year.
"We are extremely pleased to have Lapua as a partner on board with our teams for the next two seasons," said Joanne Thomson, Executive Director for Biathlon Canada. "This company has been a leader in ammunition products for a long time and our athletes have been using their products for many years. It is great that Lapua sees the value in having all team members using their ammunition for the sport of Biathlon."
In the sport of Biathlon, it is critical that athletes use high level ammunition for their training as well as their competition. In a sport where every shot means seconds saved or lost, highly accurate ammunition is a must. Training with proper ammunition also allows the athletes to have a true benchmark of their skills on the range without the factor of poor equipment added in, allowing both the coach and the athlete to perform at their best.
Lapua will lead the team into and through the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy and is supporting future Olympians towards the podium in 2010 in Vancouver
. This winter, the Youth Men and Junior Men's relay teams won silver and bronze medals respectively at the World Youth and Junior Championships held in Kontiolahti, Finland. These young athletes will be back with Lapua's support, to defend those titles again as they work their way to Olympic qualification.
Biathlon Canada, the governing body for biathlon in the country, oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and Canada Cup. The organization's mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit their web site at www.biathloncanada.ca