Eight Nova Scotia shooting athletes are on target for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team was selected after two qualifying stages. The first stage provided the athletes expert coaching, while the second stage was used to select the Games team. The team consists of: Adrienne Ackerman, Sherbrooke Sarah Ackerman, Sherbrooke Tiffany Blaauwerndraat, Truro Richard Macaulay, Dartmouth Joshua Mailman, Lawrencetown Joseph Selig, Halifax Robert Selig, Halifax Christina Tucker, Sherbrooke HEALTH PROMOTION/PROTECTION–Shooting Team Named for Canada Games The team features Sarah Ackerman, who won Nova Scotia’s first medal, a bronze, at the 2003 Canada Games in Bathurst, N.B. In preparation for the Games, the team participated in an international tournament in Toronto from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5. The athletes will continue daily dry firing — shooting the gun without ammunition — and participate in up to two full matches a week. The team will be accompanied by coaches Shirley Ackerman of Sherbrooke and Joseph Hayes of Yarmouth. “We have a strong team, in particular, two really strong male competitors, and two really strong female competitors,” said Shirley Ackerman. “We are definitely hoping for a repeat medal performance.” Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports.