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Canada’s Triples Team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Ottawa, Ontario | March 28, 2018


Name

Hometown

Position

Pricilla Westlake

Delta, BC

Skip

Joanna Cooper

Calgary, AB

Vice

Jacqueline Foster

Bridgetown, NS

Lead

 

The women’s triples team consists of Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB), Jacqueline Foster (Bridgetown, NS), and Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC).  

This trio will be looking to get past Australia, Fiji, India, and Papua New Guinea in the round robin. As host country, Australia will be the favourites going into the event. Having practiced at the Broadbeach club for several months leading up to the games, they will prove a difficult challenge for our Canadian contingent to contend with. India and Papua New Guinea could prove troublesome, although the game to watch will be against Fiji. At the 2016 World Championships, Fiji went 5-1-3 to finish one spot ahead of Canada’s triples team. With triples being in the second half of the event, the women should be warmed up and ready to challenge for a spot in the quarter-finals. A key opportunity for Canada lies with Westlake. Skipping for the first time at a major international event may seem like a big challenge, but her experience in Australia should prove that it is not. Having competed at the World Youth Championships the past four years in a row, as well as the World Cup the past three, Westlake is becoming well suited to the Australian greens. The key for this squad will be to pounce on the teams who underestimate their capabilities.

 

Team

2014 CWG

2016 World Championships

CANADA

1-1-2

5-1-3

Australia

3-1 (Silver Medal)

8-1 (Gold Medal)

Fiji

2-2

5-1-3

India

2-1-1

N/A

Papua New Guinea

1-2

N/A


Name

Hometown

Position

Cam LeFresne

Enfield, NS

Skip

Greg Wilson

Cochrane, AB

Vice

Chris Stadnyk

Niagara Falls, ON

Lead

 

The men’s triples team consists of Cameron LeFresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), and Chris Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON).  

 

Canada will face New Zealand in the triples, along with Namibia, Niue, and Singapore. The Kiwis have put together strong triples teams in the past, with records of 5-0 and 8-1 in the round robin of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 World Championships respectively. Singapore has not participated in the last two big international events, so they could be a surprise to watch out for. The Canadian Crew start with a bye, so they will need to be on their toes to jump in against Namibia in the second round. Namibia will be the game to watch, as they have proven a difficult challenge for Canada over the years. The key for this trio will be to use their experience to get off to a hot start. Stadnyk will be competing in his fourth Commonwealth Games, and LeFresne will be competing at an international event at Broadbeach for the fourth time in the past two years. If Canada can get past Namibia, the road to the playoffs looks bright.


Team

2014 CWG

2016 World Championships

CANADA

2-3

3-6

Namibia

2-2

4-1-4

New Zealand

5-0

8-1 (Bronze Medal)

Niue

0-4

0-1-8

Singapore

N/A

N/A


For more information on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, please visit:
http://www.worldbowls.com/event/commonwealth-games/

 

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 the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event that takes place every four years amongst the Commonwealth countries. The 2018 event will take place along the Gold Coast of Australia, with the bowls portion of the event being hosted at the Broadbeach Bowls Club from April 4 – April 15, 2018.  

 

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.