George Harper

George Harper (shooting)

George Ross Harper
Born: 1935 (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia)
Died: February 19, 2015 (Ottawa, Ontario)

Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (1982)
Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame (1991)
Pictou County (N.S.) Heritage Sports Hall of Fame (2007)

The marksman George Harper qualified eight times for the Canadian Bisley Team for the Commonwealth target-shooting competition. Harper was a cadet in high school when he first qualified for the team in 1955. He also made the team and competed at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley, England, in 1958, ’59, ’61, ’63, ’72, ’73 and ’75.

George Harper (mug)Each time, he would have had to qualify through regional competitions before scoring as one of the top 18 shooters in a field of 500 in a national competition in Ottawa.

Harper served as adjutant for the Bisley Team in 2005 and as commandant in 2010.

A career military man, Harper enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1958. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1972 and retired with the rank of major in 1993. He spent much of his service posted to Ottawa.

At a New Glasgow (N.S.) High School, Harper played football and competed in track and gymnastics, though his preferred sport was target shooting.


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