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.