APTA Shoot Results:



2016 Scores 

Photo Credit: Kevin Healey

This year's shoot was held at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club near St. John's, Newfoundland.

The Atlantic Provinces (AP) Trapshooting Championships returned to Canada’s eastern most province September 2-4, hosted by the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club. In attendance were regular AP competitors from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition the club played host to shooters from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. Attendance was up as much as 30% in the Doubles events and 10% on average for the Singles and Handicap events. Shooters experienced typical challenging East Coast Targets, the weather cooperated with relatively mild wind and cool temperatures, the rain managed to stay away for the entire shoot.

Shoot Highlights:

-          Troy Coldwell dominated the 2016 Championships claiming top honors in all Singles and Doubles events and placed 6th in AP Handicap. Coldwell also claimed the HOA and HAA titles.

-          Herbie Nickerson, shooting his new Caesar Guerini Summit combo, captured the AP Handicap Championship and earned a 1 yard punch. Tying Nickerson for top handicap honors was Russ Brown and John Bellows who claimed Runner Up and 3rd place respectively as determined by shootoffs.

-          Aubrey Spinney claimed the Preliminary Handicap Championships earning a 1/2 yard punch.

-          Doug Blades captured the AP Singles Runner Up outright and AP Doubles Runner Up after a shoot off with Aubrey Spinney who was last year’s Doubles Runner Up.

-          Canadian Trapshooting Association President Dwight Smith and fellow Saskatchewan resident and ATA Delegate Rod Boll dominated the 2 Man Team races and won the Open Singles and Doubles Champ awards.

-          Smith also took the High All Around Open title while Boll captured the High Overall Open title

-          Visiting Ontario shooter Wayne Ehgoetz captured the preliminary Handicap Runnerup award and Open Handicap honors with the high score in the AP Handicap Championship.

-          Team “Non Residents” members Dwight Smith (SK), Rod Boll (SK), Richard Bootsveld (ON), Tiger Williams (SK) and Godefroy Cardinal (QU) took the 5 Man Team Singles Trophy

-          Janaya Nickerson dominated the Lady I category in all events while Reynold D’Entremont dominated the Sub Veteran category

-          Senior Veteran shooters Derm Molloy and Paul Bailey competed for Senior Veteran honors in Singles and Handicap with “Old Man Bailey” claiming this year’s honors.

-          Bob Mercer returned after an 18 year absence from competitive ATA shooting to claim the Senior Veteran award in the AP Doubles Championship.

-          Janaya Nickerson and Kevin Healey both shot their first 25 straight in ATA competition.


APTA Business Meeting Highlights: 

  • The 2017 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championship location to be determined and announced at a later date.

  • Elected APTA officials are:

ATA Delegate, CTA Delegate and APTA President - Andrea Bassan

APTA 1st VP - Troy Coldwell

ATA Alternate Delegate - Vacant

Secretary / Treasurer - Doug Blades



2015 Scores 

Photo Credit: Patrick Guillemette

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This year's shoot was held at Dartmouth Clay Target Shooting Association (DCTA), Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships is where top Trapshooters in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada compete for annual ATA trophies. Participants experienced beautiful blue skies. warm weather mid to high 20’s (Celsius) and light to moderate winds which made for decent but sometimes challenging targets.

In attendance were the regular AP competitors from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition to our regular participants, 10 shooters from Quebec and Ontario also registered for the event.

Shoot Highlights:

 -          Andrea Bassan took the ATA Singles Trophy for the 2nd time – previously winning in 2012 when the shoot was last held at DCTA

-          Troy Coldwell captured the Singles Runner up, Doubles Championship (5 straight years), 4th Handicap and the HOA and HAA honors.

-          Aubrey Spinney tied Bassan for the Doubles Runner Up honors and won in a shootoff.

-          First time competitors at the annual APTA shoot were Janaya Nickerson and Alex Nickerson both from Southwest Nova Scotia.

-          Quebec shooters dominated in the Open Category and took all 4 Open trophies in the AP Handicap.

-          Quebec ATA Delegate Peter Grant took the Singles Open Champ for 2nd year in a row.

-          19 yarder Denis Brule from Quebec won Preliminary Handicap.

-          20 yard shooter Steven D’Entremont won the AP Handicap Championship and received his first Handicap Yardage.

-          Team Newfoundland dominated the Team events capturing the 5 Man Team Singles and with the Bassan / Coldwell duo taking the 2 Man Team in Singles and Doubles.

-          1st time competitor at the annual AP Shoot Janaya Nickerson captured the Lady I trophies in all events, Gina Surette Lady II Champion in Singles and Handicap and 1st time Junior competitor at the AP Shoot Alex Nickerson captured the JR honors.

-          Sub Veteran competition was close with Brian Macleod, Brian Blades and Reynold D’Entremont close in all Sub Veteran Championships. Reynold D’Entremont was victorious in Singles while Brian Macleod captured Doubles Sub Veteran honors. D’Entremont and Blades tied for Handicap Sub VT where D’Entremont edged Blades in a shootoff to capture this year’s Sub Veteran Handicap title.

-          Alan Skinner shoots his first 25 straight in ATA competition and Valerie Maher shot a personal best score in ATA competition.


APTA Business Meeting Highlights: 

  • The 2016 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championship will be held at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club, Newfoundland, September 2 to 4, 2016.

  • Elected APTA officials are:

Andrea Bassan – ATA Delegate, CTA Delegate and APTA President

Troy Coldwell – APTA 1st VP

Monty Petipas – ATA Alternate Delegate

Doug Blades – Secretary Treasurer



2014 Scores 

Picture Courtesy of the Moncton Gun Club

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The 2014 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot was held on August 29-31, 2014 at the Moncton Gun Club in New Brunswick.

Shoot Highlights:

- The weather was sunny and seasonal. STRONG winds and hungry, aggressive mosquitoes plagued shooters throughout the tournament.
- ATA Life Member Jerry Stafford returned to shooting after a 5 year absence. Colby Stafford, his grandson, also registered his first ATA targets at this shoot.
- Shooters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario and Quebec attended the tournament.
- There were plenty of category shooters, and for the first time in several years a Junior Shooter. Three lady shooters competed, and it was nice to see numerous SBVT, several VT, and SR VT shooters attend.
- Troy Coldwell won all but one of the Championship Events. Coldwell tied with Alexander Cribb for top resident score in Handicap and accepted Runner Up after the shoot off.
- Team NL won the 5 MAN TEAM Competition - Team NL consisted of Andrea Bassan, Troy Coldwell, Joe Rosa, Brian Lewis and Peter Tucker.
- Bassan and Coldwell also won the 2 MAN TEAM Competition in Singles and Doubles.
- The Annual General Meeting of the APTA was held on Sunday, there were no changes to the AP Executive:

ATA, CTA Delegate and APTA President:  A. Bassan

APTA VP:  T. Coldwell

APTA Secretary & Treasurer:  D. Blades.



2013 Scores 

Picture Courtesy of Mike Smith

The 2013 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot was held on August 30 - September 1, 2013 at the St. John's Rod & Gun Club in Holyrood, Newfoundland.

Shoot Highlights:

The Labour Day Holiday weekend arrived and brought with it torrential rain and very strong wind for the Atlantics Trap Shoot. Undiscouraged by the weather, 50 shooters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, and the United States headed to the trap fields in their assigned squads and enjoyed some very challenging targets! The event began with meet and greet at the club Thursday afternoon, Friday was the preliminary shoot and began with 100 singles in the morning, followed by 100 handicap and 100 doubles in the afternoon. The shoot continued Saturday, still in the rain, with the Singles Championship, a total of 200 targets. Saturday evening our club hosted the Shooter's Social Banquet at the Elk's Club on Carpasian Road in St. John's. We enjoyed a fantastic steak dinner which was followed by an awards presentation for the preliminary day shoot, and concluded with a Calcutta Auction for Sunday's Handicap Championship. The weather finally broke for the final day of competition on Sunday as we shot under sunny skies and strong winds. The day began with the doubles championship and continued with the Handicap Championship to conclude the tournament. The awards presentation and the annual APTA annual general meeting brought the event to a close around supper time.