Athlete Profile: Scott Perras

 

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Scott started biathlon in his later teen years, after a career of  more traditionally Canadian sports like football, baseball and  hockey. He caught the biathlon bug after watching a short program on the 1998 Olympics. The shooting aspect was of great interest. His first experience was on a new pair of skis using a rifle that was too small. Scott described the feeling of his first race akin to having a heart attack! But the experience didn’t scare him off and he continued with biathlon as his winter sport until he heard about the 2003 Canada Winter Games. He desperately wanted to make the team so decided not to return to university the following year and train full time instead. His dedication paid off by finishing third in the 15km Individual and third in the relay. The following year he placed second overall at Canadian Championships, and was also second in the sprint. That experience bolstered his confidence and he moved to Canmore to train full time at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

For Scott’s full bio visit : http://biathloncanada.ca/dbfiles/2215.pdf