White Rock’s Arman Sohelli won a medal at National Biathlon Championships in Valcartier

White Rock’s Arman Sohelli won a medal at National Biathlon Championships in Valcartier

National medals for White Rock cadets

Arman Sohelli and Tristan Dyke on biathlon podium at national Biathlon Championships in Valcartier, Que.

A pair of White Rock cadets found themselves on the podium in Quebec earlier this month, after a strong showing at National Biathlon Championships in Valcartier, Que.

Tristan Dyke, 17, and Arman Sohelli, 14 – both members of the Air Cadet Squadron 907 Black Knights – each won medals during the mass-start race. Sohelli won silver in the junior category while Dyke won bronze in the male youth division. The B.C. team also finished second overall in the team rankings.

For both competitors, the Quebec event was their first experience at national championships.

“I am ecstatic. It is one of my goals to be at (nationals) and I’m glad that I’ve achieved it,” said Dyke.

Sohelli, too, was proud of not just his own achievement but also that of his entire provincial squad, especially considering B.C.’s entry was smaller than many other provinces.

“It feels good… because I looked at the other teams and more of them are a lot bigger. There’s only 10 cadets from British Columbia. I’m happy to be a part of it,” he said.