Sandy was born in Edmonton in 1934. From a young age he was a competitor and he was the Alberta junior cycling road racing champion from 1949 to 1952. He later competed in the Canadian cycling team trials for the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver, and the 1958 BC Centenary 100 mile bicycle race from Qualicum to Victoria. Sandy played basketball and football while a young man in the Canadian Navy until a knee injury in 1960 sent him on the path to what would become his lifelong sport: full bore target shooting.
Sandy enjoyed success as a marksman, representing the Royal Canadian Navy in the Canadian service rifle championships in the early '60s, representing British Columbia at the Canadian national championships 26 times, and qualifying and participating 19 times as a member of the Canadian national team to Bisley, England. Sandy won the Lt. Governor's Prize at the British Columbia Rifle Association's annual meeting three times, and, amongst many other Canadian shooting achievements, was Canadian Champion in 1981 and winner of ten Governor General of Canada medals.
On the international stage, Sandy represented Canada in full bore shooting at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia in 1982 and in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990. He was a shooter or coach in ten World Champion team events. Sandy served for seven years as a volunteer for the XV Commonwealth Games Society on the sports committee and lobbying committee, and finally acted as chairman of all shooting sports during the XV Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
Sandy has also contributed to the organization of shooting over the past almost 50 years. He is a life governor of the British Columbia Rifle Association, which is the oldest sporting association in British Columbia, having an inception date of 1874. He is also a life governor of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, and a Vice-president of the National Rifle Association of Great Britain. He was elected to the DCRA hall of fame in 2000 and the Honour Roll of Canadian Forces Hall of Fame.
Sandy's real contribution to the sport of full bore target rifle shooting has been as a coach, where his achievements are many and illustrious. Sandy coached the Canadian full bore rifle team in the 1986, 1998 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the Malaysian team at the 2006 Games. He has been coach to many Canadian rifle teams at shooting competitions worldwide. He was the chief coach of the Canadian Army Cadet full bore rifle team to Bisley in 1981 and '82. For many years, he coached the 676 Air Cadets in Sidney, BC winning two national championships and runner-up twice. Sandy's shooters have won many Commonwealth Games medals, world championship medals, and provincial and national awards.
He has enjoyed the unconditional support of his wife, Margaret and family throughout the years of his shooting career.
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