Simmons shoots into top 10 at B.C. championships

Economy of motion is a mantra for International Practical Shooting Confederation competitors. It stresses the importance of uniting minimal movement with proficiency.

Economy of motion is a mantra for International Practical Shooting Confederation competitors.

It stresses the importance of uniting minimal movement with proficiency. Shooters need to be quick with the gun but accurate as well in IPSC, which measures speed, power and accuracy as competitors move through an obstacle course.

“I am learning that, it’s putting me quite high up in stages,” said Whitehorse handgun shooter John Simmons. “My ranking is going up because I am learning this, but I could always learn more.”

Simmons put economy of motion into motion at the 2013 IPSC B.C. Provincial Championships last weekend in Pitt Meadows, outside of Vancouver.

He placed seventh in the open division, up from 13th at last year’s provincials, for his strongest result to date.

“I can’t complain, it’s a pretty big increase,” said Simmons. “I definitely wanted to be top-10 – I’d like to be in the top-five. Apparently I have to wait to next year to do that.”

Simmons, who was the only Yukoner at the championship, finished with an 88.45 per cent accuracy rate. That’s a big jump up from the 73.02 he finished with last year.

He was just 1.25 per cent out of reaching the top-five.

“It was a tight race,” said Simmons. “It was just a matter of who made one less mistake or one less good hit. It was really close.”

Simmons, who is now ranked sixth in IPSC B.C. standings, placed first in two of the 15 stages. He also produced a second and two thirds in three other stages.

“I was faster and more accurate than everyone else, is what it means,” said Simmons. “But overall, over the two days, I had some bad ones too. I need to learn to be more consistent. I’ve proven to myself that I can place right at the very top – 100 per cent. I did it at nationals as well on one stage. It tells me that my ability to shoot is quite high, but now I need to get the mental aspect … to stay focused through the entire gamut of stages.”

Simmons also produced a career high at the IPSC Canadian Nationals last month in New Brunswick. He cracked the top-20 with a 17th place finish, up from 22nd last year and 25th in 2011.

The Thompson Mountain Sportsmen’s Association, the host of the provincials in Pitt Meadows, will also be the site of the nationals next summer.

“There were some tough stages, complex stages, some really long shots,” said Simmons. “They had stuff set out at 30 metres. That’s a pretty good distance for a handgun when you’re trying to shoot fast. I had a couple mistakes, I had a penalty, but almost everyone did.

“When you’re trying to be quick, slowing down to aim precisely is tough for a lot of people because you’re under pressure to be quick.”

Simmons has consistently been getting better and better results at major IPSC competitions over the last few years. Obviously, countless hours of practice at the Whitehorse Rifle and Pistol Club help. But getting to compete with some of the best in the country, such as B.C.‘s “Gold Team” at the nationals last month, is very beneficial, said Simmons.

“I’ve been lucky too, I’ve been squadded with some really top shooters. When I go down to southern B.C. they put me with top shooters, a couple of them are from the Gold Team.

“So I get to ask questions, watch them shoot, and it helps. Whatever information I get, I bring it back to practise.

“They’ll see me walking the stage before and ask, ‘Why are you going this way or that way? Why would you do that? You should do this.’ And I’d think about it and think, they’re right, I’m wrong.”

The six-time Yukon steel-shooting champion placed fourth in the open handgun division and fifth overall at the Alaska Speed Shooting Championships near Fairbanks in June.

He placed first one day and second the next at an IPSC double-qualifier at the end of April in Terrace, B.C. He then came third and sixth at a bigger double-qualifier in the middle of May in Pitt Meadows.

Simmons also competed in his first United States Practical Shooting Association competition – the FAST and the Furious – in Fairbanks in early July. Despite some differences from IPSC, such as larger magazine capacities and different timing procedures, he still snagged third in the open division.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Diane McLeod-McKay, Yukon’s Ombudsman and information and privacy commissioner, filed a petition on Dec. 11 after her office was barred from accessing documents related to a child and family services case. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government rejects Ombudsman requests for documentation filed to Supreme Court

Diane McLeod-McKay filed a petition on Dec. 11 after requests for documents were barred

Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens, left, celebrates his first NHL goal with defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 22 in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)
Cozens notches first NHL goal in loss to Capitals

The Yukoner potted his first tally at 10:43 of the second period on Jan. 22

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, actress charged after flying to Beaver Creek for COVID-19 vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Are they coming?

One of COVID-19’s big economic questions is whether it will prompt a… Continue reading

Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, along with Yukon health and education delegates, announce a new medical research initiative via a Zoom conference on Jan. 21. (Screen shot)
New medical research unit at Yukon University launched

The SPOR SUPPORT Unit will implement patient-first research practices

The bus stop at the corner of Industrial and Jasper Road in Whitehorse on Jan. 25. The stop will be moved approximately 80 metres closer to Quartz Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
UPDATED: Industrial Road bus stop to be relocated

The city has postponed the move indefinitely

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (1213rf.com)
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Parking attendant Const. Ouellet puts a parking ticket on the windshield of a vehicle in downtown Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is hoping to write of nearly $300,000 in outstanding fees, bylaw fines and court fees, $20,225 of which is attributed to parking fines issued to non-Yukon license plates. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City of Whitehorse could write off nearly $300,000

The City of Whitehorse could write off $294,345 in outstanding fees, bylaw… Continue reading

Grants available to address gender-based violence

Organizations could receive up to $200,000

In this illustration, artist-journalist Charles Fripp reveals the human side of tragedy on the Stikine trail to the Klondike in 1898. A man chases his partner around the tent with an axe, while a third man follows, attempting to intervene. (The Daily Graphic/July 27, 1898)
History Hunter: Charles Fripp — gold rush artist

The Alaskan coastal town of Wrangell was ill-equipped for the tide of… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. While Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis is now setting his sights on the upcoming territorial election, other members of council are still pondering their election plans for the coming year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillors undecided on election plans

Municipal vote set for Oct. 21

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

Most Read