Orillia's Shannon Westlake to compete at 2015 Pan Am Games


It’s no surprise Lt. Shannon Westlake (B.Ed '13) is excited about competing in the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.  She will compete in a field of 27 athletes in the women’s rifle three-position event (3-20). The top eight scores from qualifying advance to the final, to be held July 18.  “It takes a lot of hard work to focus and concentrate on one task at a time, obviously,” said Westlake, who earned her Pan Am berth at the Championship of the Americas competition this spring at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Westlake served as a member of the Queen’s York Rangers 2799 army cadet corps in Aurora, ON for seven years. That’s where she first picked up a rifle as a 12-year-old.  Currently, she is an area cadet advisor for Western Ontario who resides with her family in St. Thomas.  Beyond the Pan Am Games, Westlake and teammate Sharon Bowes, a four-time Olympian, will shoot to secure Canada a spot for the Rio Olympics in 2016.