2007 Earl MacKenzie Award
Sport: Target Rifle Shooting
hey day Merle Scott was an expert shot and also a National
Champion with a .22 caliber rifle. In fact the straight
shooter was a 1947 Dominion Marksman and Expert Gold Shield
winner for a perfect score of 6,000 points (on 60 targets )
after shooting indoors at fifty yards. At the time, the Gold
Shield had previously been won by very few women and
comparatively few men.
Shield was awarded for all-around proficiency with a
sporting rifle and Merle was Canada's Ladies Champion Rifle
Shot in 1947. Merle Scott joined the Wyoming Rifle Club in
1946 competing on a mixed team and a women's team that were
very successful in National Competitions. The Wyoming ladies
were for three straight years Canadian Champions in the late
1940's and in the 1940's and 1950's the Wyoming Rifle Club
nearly dominated .22 caliber target rifle shooting in
her husband Jim raised two boys: Robert and Doug. Bob is a
resident of Corunna and his brother Doug passed away.
Merle's husband died in 1974.
is 90 years old and resides in Wyoming. The memories of her
accomplishments have been shared with grandchildren and
great grandchildren who sit with amazement at the feats of
this recipient of the 2007 Earl MacKenzie Award.