Geoff Gowan Award Winner 2014
Robert (Bob) Kierstead - Shooting
Bob Kierstead has played a significant role in the Shooting world for over fifty years. Not only has he competed in rifle and pistol target shooting at the local through international levels, Bob is the first-ever Olympic head coach from New Brunswick in any sport. In addition to his coaching work, Bob has served on the international executive committee of the world governing body for all Paralympic Target Shooting Sports, where he was the only member from the American continent.
Bob pioneered the integration of disabled target shooters with able-bodied target shooters at the National Team level, making Canada a world leader in this area. Bob then became the head coach of the Canadian Paralympic rifle and pistol target shooting team in 1995, and in 2000 in Sydney, he became the only Canadian national sport coach to coach at both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Bob was also appointed head coach of the Canadian Army CISM International Shooting Team, where he coached at international competitions for five years, helping the team achieve their best results ever to date.
The author of several technical manuals used throughout Canada in the development of competitive target shooting, and a master coach for his sport, Bob has conducted coaching development seminars from British Columbia to Newfoundland for the past 20 years. He is still conducting high performance training and development for Olympic discipline Canadian target shooting coaches, including national team coaches.
Outside of coaching, Bob holds an international sport judge license and has officiated at competitions locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally including the World Championships. A highlight of Bob’s sporting career was competing on the 2012 Canadian rifle team that represented Canada at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Imperial Competition at the World famous long distance range at Bisley, England.