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Training facility re-launched at Memorial

By Jeff Green

A state-of-the-art training facility has opened at Memorial, dedicated to one of the university’s – and this province’s – most accomplished athletes.

The Frank Zahn High Performance Marksmanship and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) Training Facility was opened during a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 12.

The facility, formerly known as the MUN Rifle Range, provides both a venue for training, and opportunity for research to enhance athletic performance.

It is located in Memorial’s Physical Education Building on the St. John’s campus.

Representatives from the university, government, and the community were on hand to mark the occasion, as well as members of Mr. Zahn’s family.

The re-opening stems from a partnership between Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, the Newfoundland and Labrador Shooting Association, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA), the Shooting Federation of Canada, and the provincial government.

“The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is constantly growing through innovative teaching, advanced research, and active community involvement,” said Dr. Mary Bluechardt, director of the school.

“Much of this growth can be attributed to the strength of partnerships that have developed within Memorial and the community.

“The official opening of Frank Zahn High Performance Marksmanship and CSCA Training Facility is one more demonstration of how partnerships can work to advance the school, university and community.”

Mr. Zahn was a well-known athlete, coach and longtime employee of Memorial. He was an avid marksman from the early 1960s until his passing in 2002.

In 1972, Mr. Zahn took over responsibility for the MUN shooting range.

He was also a respected member of the university community. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, he was well known for his wood carvings, including the decorative display of provincial coat of arms which is located in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth II Library at Memorial.

The new training facility will be used for high performance target shooters including international level seniors and Canada Games juniors.