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Robert Kierstead







Year Inducted


Sport Ambassador

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Robert Kierstead



He was born in Saint John, got his introduction to the sport of shooting in Moncton, and moved to Fredericton in 1981. From that first competition at 13 years of age until the present time, he has served the sport of shooting as an athlete, instructor, administrator, clinician, meet organizer, judge, author, and head coach of Provincial and National teams.The settings have ranged from his hometown clubs to those at World, Commonwealth, Continental, Pan-American, National, Paralympics and Olympic Games.He is the first person from New Brunswick ever to be appointed as head coach of a Canadian Olympic team in any sport! His commitment to his sport - for boys and girls, for men and women, for the able and disabled, has been recognized and applauded throughout Canada and around the world. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 6th, 1998.

Quick Facts

  • First New Brunswicker in any sport to be named Head Coach of a Canadian Olympic team 

  • First person in any sport to coach at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games 

  • Coached at the 1991 and 1999 Pan-American Games 

  • Coached at the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games 

  • Coached at the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games; and at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games 

  • Has been instrumental in promoting the integration of able-bodied and disabled athletes in national and international shooting competitions 

  • Served on the executive of Shooting Federation of Canada and world governing body for Paralympic shooting sports

  • Played a leading role in having shooting included in the Canada Games 

  • Named Canadian Target Shooting Coach of the year 

  • Named Sport NB Coach of the Year three times 

  • Received the Longines Wittnauer Award for excellence in coaching at the international level

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