Whitehorse shooter pegs off 2nd at B.C. qualifier

Whitehorse marksman John Simmons began his competitive season on target - and fast. Let's not forget fast.

Whitehorse marksman John Simmons began his competitive season on target – and fast. Let’s not forget fast.

The pistol shooter placed second in back-to-back speed shooting competitions at an International Practical Shooting Confederation B.C. qualifier in Terrace, B.C., over the weekend.

“I’m pretty happy with it,” said Simmons. “I know, versus last year, I’m significantly higher in my overall results. I know it was close (between first and second place) so I’m happy with that.”

Simmons finished second at the same qualifier event last year.

In what was his first competition of the season, Simmons finished just a few percentage points behind the winner both days in the open division over the weekend. (Official accuracy percentages were not available by time of press.)

“I’m pretty happy with Terrace, I did really well,” said Simmons. “It was wet; the weather wasn’t good. But the stages and the designs the Terrace club put on were really well done and well organized this year. Everything went really smoothly, no one got disqualified.”

The summer will be his busiest to date, and it’s following his most successful yet.

The six-time Yukon steel-shooting champion captured his first trophy last September at the IPSC B.C. Provincial Championship in Port Coquitlam. Simmons shot his way to second place in the open B division and 13th overall.

At the IPSC Canadian National Championships in Kingston, Ont., last July, Simmons came 25th out of more than 65 of the country’s best in the open category. Breaking into the top-30 was no simple feat. Seven provinces entered “gold teams” of their top four practical shooters, plus there were two professional shooters from the U.S. and Czech Republic. (Simmons was the only Yukoner at the championships that hosted about 250 shooters.)

Simmons plans to attend both of those competitions, a couple more B.C. qualifiers, and the Alaska Speed Shooting Championships, a competition in which he’s picked up the nickname, The Canadian.

“I want to increase my qualifiers … because I want to get better at IPSC,” said Simmons. “I want to start learning, get a better ranking, and to do that I have to start shooting more down south.

“I’m basically shooting somewhere every month for the next six months.”

At the Alaska championships last year, Simmons took first place in the open division and a second in the shoot-off division, the reverse of his results the previous year.

Contact Tom Patrick at


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

Just Posted

Benjamin Poudou, Mount MacIntyre’s ski club manager, poses for a photo in the club’s ski rental area on Nov. 16. The club has sold around 1,850 passes already this year, compared to 1067 passes on Oct. 31 last year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Early season ski pass sales up as Yukoners prepare for pandemic winter

Season passe sales at Mount McIntyre for cross-country skiing are up by around 60 per cent this year

The City of Whitehorse will be spending $655,000 to upgrade the waste heat recovery system at the Canada Games Centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New waste heat recovery system coming to the CGC

Council approves $655,000 project

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate education advocates and volunteers help to sort and distribute Christmas hamper grocery boxes outside Elijah Smith Elementary School on Feb. 23. (Rebecca Bradford Andrew/Submitted)
First Nation Education Directorate begins Christmas hamper program

Pick-ups for hampers are scheduled at local schools

Cyrine Candido, cashier, right, wipes down the new plexi-glass dividers at Superstore on March 28, before it was commonplace for them to wear masks. The Yukon government is relaunching the Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program as the second wave of COVID-19 begins to take place in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program extended to 32 weeks

More than 100 businesses in the territory applied for the first phase of the program

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Keith Lay speaks at a city council meeting on Dec. 4, 2017. Lay provided the lone submission to council on the city’s proposed $33 million capital spending plan for 2021 on Nov. 23, taking issue with a number of projects outlined. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Resident raises issues with city’s capital budget

Council to vote on budget in December

Beatrice Lorne was always remembered by gold rush veterans as the ‘Klondike Nightingale’. (Yukon Archives/Maggies Museum Collection)
History Hunter: Beatrice Lorne — The ‘Klondike Nightingale’

In June of 1929, 11 years after the end of the First… Continue reading

Samson Hartland is the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during its annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon Chamber of Mines elects new board

The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during… Continue reading

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and… Continue reading

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

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Most Read