Williams Lake Sheriff’s Department competitor Dave Olson fires at a target during a past International Practical Shooting Confederation shoot where RCMP

Williams Lake Sheriff’s Department competitor Dave Olson fires at a target during a past International Practical Shooting Confederation shoot where RCMP

Productive year for Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association

Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association outgoing president Al Bush said the past year was a productive one for the club.

Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association outgoing president Al Bush said the past year was a productive one for the club.

From clubhouse renovations to multiple successful archery and gun shoots, things have been eventful, he said.

“The roof and gutters [of the clubhouse] were replaced, as well as the outside doors, which will hopefully help cut down on fuel costs,” Bush said.

“We had new flooring installed in the washrooms as it was needed.”

He said the WLSA also hosted fun gun and archery shoots.

“The archers held some very fun shoots,” Bush said. “Al Campsall is leading the charge and is not only a leader on the score sheets but he coaches and mentors the Junior Olympic Archery Program.”

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) qualifer — an event where RCMP, the B.C. Sherrif Service, club members and conservation officers compete against one another — was also extremely successful, he said.

“[It] blew away the competitors with the organization and quality layout,” he said, noting competitors promised to come back.

The WLSA also hosted sporting clay shoots throughout the year.

On the executive end of things, Bush noted there were some changes.

“We’ve been looking at our club’s constitution and the executive has decided to update to a more complete version to help us go forward as a larger club,” he said. “We’re looking to finally build an office in the basement to safe house our records and do day-to-day business.”

Additionally, the WLSA hopes to construct a benchrest pellet shooting club in the basement.

“We’re looking forward to being able to shoot indoors for the winter,” he said.

The club’s annual general meeting was held Jan. 18, where Bush said his farewells and thanked the executive for its hard work.

A new executive was elected where Kane Fraser was announced as the WLSA’s new president.

“I’d like to thank everyone for all of the support and help this last year,” he said. “It’s been an honour and very satisfying to see the club work together for the club and community.”