Renfrew native Dorothy Ludwig, who lives in Langley, B.C., was half the shooting story when the Canadian Olympic team grew by two athletes today.
The Shooting Federation of Canada nominated the two shooters who will represent Canada in the London 2012 Olympics. Ludwig and Cory Niefer of Saskatoon were both nominated to join the Canadian cohort heading to London a few weeks from now.
“For me, shooting has been the laboratory that helps me figure out my life and it has benefitted me in so many ways,” said Niefer, who was nominated in the 10-metre air rifle and prone rifle events.
Niefer, who grew up in Yorkton, added, “I never imagined when I started that it would take me all the way to the Olympic Games, and it’s such an honour to be included in this incredible team,”
Of her Olympic team nomination, Ludwig said, “I think the only person that would be more pleased than me would have been my dad.
Ludwig, who will compete in air pistol, added, “Shooting has always been a family sport for us and this nomination to the Canadian Olympic team makes it all the more special. I can’t wait to get to London and add the next chapter to the family legend.”
Both shooters are first-time nominees to the Canadian Olympic team but are no strangers to the Olympic journey.
Niefer spent the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as a coach, while Ludwig is continuing a family legacy by following in her father’s footsteps to the Olympic Games.
She is coached by Pat Gustafson of Woking, Alta., but her personal coach at the London Olympics will be Ludwig’s sister, Lynda Kiejko of Calgary. Kiejko is also a national team shooter.
Ludwig’s dad, Pastor Bill Hare, was the Grace United Church minister in the 1970s in Admaston Township in addition to being a world-class pistol shooter. He competed in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.
For the feature on Ludwig’s earlier-season qualification for the Olympics, view our Olympic Games section.
The Langley, B.C., shooter’s international credentials include medals at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and Championship of the Americas.
— With files from the Canadian Olympic Committee