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Canada Just Misses Playoffs at 2018 World Youth Championships

Ottawa, Ontario | March 05, 2018

 

Canadian youth narrowly missed out on making the playoffs at the 2018 World Youth Championships at the Broadbeach Bowls Club in Gold Coast, Australia.

In the mixed pairs event, Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC) and Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) narrowly missed out on making the knockout rounds. After completing 9 rounds, the Canadian duo finished 5th in their pool with a record of 4-4. To advance, they needed one more win which would have placed them in the top 3 in their pool.   

The other Canadians, Cam LeFresne (Enfield, NS) and Carah Webster (Victoria, BC) struggled to get going in the pairs action, finishing with a record of 1-6.

 

In the singles portion of the event, defending champion Westlake had her work cut out for her. After winning the title in 2017, Westlake found herself in a pool with the 2014 and 2016 champions in Australia’s Chloe Stewart and Ellen Ryan respectively. After several close matches, Westlake ultimately finished in 5th in her pool with a record of 3-4, which was not enough to advance to the knockout rounds.

Webster made her international debut for Canada and struggled to start the tournament. After four tough losses, Webster had the most dominating victory in the women’s event by defeating Turkey 21-1. The Victoria native had a strong finish to the tournament and finished with a record of 3-5 which placed her at 6th in her pool.

 

On the men’s side, Law started off the tournament on a high note with two quick victories. It was an uphill battle after that, as he found himself pitted against tough opponents and lost several nail-biting games. Law would finish in 8th in his pool with a final record of 2-6.

 

LeFresne also started the tournament on the right foot with two quick victories. Similar to Westlake and Law in the pairs event, LeFresne missed out on playoffs, needing one more win and several differential points. LeFresne would finish 6th in his pool with a record of 4-4.

Darryl Fitzgerald (Waterloo, ON) supported the team once more in Australia, having been to the club several times in the past few years. As coach of the Youth and Development squads, Fitzgerald had this to say, “The amount of talented young players we have coming up in Canada is growing. The WYC and my involvement as a coach is only one stop on these players’ journey to bigger and better things. We are building for the future of the Canadian program and all four of these players are a prime example of the talent and enthusiasm we want in our players.”

 

The international action does not end here for Westlake or LeFresne. In a few short days, Westlake will be off to Warilla to compete in the 2018 World Cup for her third consecutive appearance. After that, both Westlake and LeFresne will be competing in the Commonwealth Games next month at the Broadbeach Bowls Club.


For more information on the 2018 World Youth Championships, please visit:
http://www.worldbowls.com/event/world-youth-championships/

 

For more information on Broadbeach Bowls Club, please visit:
http://www.broadbeachbowlsclub.com/

 

For more information, please contact:
Jake Schuknecht, Technical Coordinator, Bowls Canada Boulingrin
jschuknecht@bowlscanada.com 

About World Youth Championships
The World Youth Championships are an annual outdoor championships that feature Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Pairs events. Eligible athletes must have reached their 18th birthday but not reached their 25th birthday the start of the event.  The 2018 event will be hosted at Broadbeach Bowls Club in Queensland, Australia from February 24th – March 2nd.  

 

About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.  The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada.  For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit
www.bowlscanada.com.