By Greg Price
A multiple-medal winning shooter will be making her way to Taber on Thursday, Feb. 7, where hopes are to organize an airgun group in the area.
Lynda Kiejko will be a guest speaker at both Taber Christian School and St. Mary School in the early afternoon, before driving out to the Taber Shooting Foundation’s outdoor shooting range to take a look at the facilities.
In the evening, there will be a meet-and-greet for the public at the Taber Cadet/Youth Hall at 7211 50th Street at 6 p.m., where an open house and air gun demonstration will be done shortly afterwards. The open house is for anyone to come and ask about airguns and have the option of shooting an airgun.
Also, representatives from the Alberta Handgun Association and LA Hotshots Airgun Club will be on hand. The Alberta Handgun Association will be making a donation of six pistols to the Taber Shooting Foundation to help with organizing an airgun group in Taber.
Kiejko has three Pan Am Games medals to her credit, winning double gold in the 10-metre air pistol and 25-metre pistol in Toronto in 2015, following her 10-metre air pistol bronze at Santo Domingo in 2003. She also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold at the Championships of the Americas in late 2018.
Kiejko comes from a shooting family. Her late father Bill Hare competed at the Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972 Olympic Games. Her sister Dorothy Ludwig became an Olympian at London 2012 after competing at the 2007 and 2011 Pan Am Games. They competed together at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, creating a moment to remember in 2010 when the sisters won bronze in the 10-metre air pistol pair event.
Kiejko competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and once again will be competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.