Marcotte hangs on to Top Shot title

Pelly Crossing shooter Danielle Marcotte continues to hit the bull’s-eye at national-level competitive shooting events.

Pelly Crossing shooter Danielle Marcotte continues to hit the bull’s-eye at national-level competitive shooting events.

Marcotte successfully defended her title as Top Shot at the Canadian Junior Ranger Regional Air Rifle Championships this weekend in Yellowknife, NWT — making her the best shooter in the three territories.

Junior Rangers from across the Yukon, as well as Atlin, BC, made the trip to Yellowknife after winning the Top Shot title for their respective communities.

In the Yukon division, Marcotte had the top score overall, while Josh Jennings from Haines Junction placed second and Axel Nordling of Dawson finished third.

In the competition between the three territories, Marcotte beat Aimo Kooneeliusie of Nunavut and Josh Jennings took third spot.

Marcotte was the first Junior Ranger from the Yukon to win the Top Shot title last year.

Earlier this year, Marcotte won the Junior Championship title at the Canadian National Pistol Championships in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

She also won three gold medals, two silver and bronze at the Canadian Silhouette Rifle Championships, in Cranbrook, BC, and was a veteran of Yukon’s Canada Winter Games team.

The Junior Ranger program is offered to youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, providing there is a Canadian Ranger Patrol in the community.

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