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Canada’s Pairs Team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Ottawa, Ontario | March 29, 2018

 

Name

Hometown

Position

Kelly McKerihen

Toronto, ON

Skip

Leanne Chinery

Victoria, BC

Lead

 

The women’s pairs team consists of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC) and Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON).   

This dynamic duo will be looking to put their training to the test against the likes of New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Tonga, and Fiji. Both McKerihen and Chinery have relocated to Australia to further their bowls careers, and the opportunity to show how far they’ve come is finally here. New Zealand’s Jo Edwards and Val Smith will be the favourites to win the pool, but Canada is more than capable of coming out on top. Fiji and Tonga will look to play spoilers, though the game to watch will be against Norfolk Island. Starting with a bye, the Canadian pair will start round two against Norfolk Island and will need to find a way to come out strong. A win against Norfolk Island would boost their confidence and should help lead the way through to the quarter-finals. A challenge for Canada will be for Chinery to switch from skipping the fours team to playing lead in the pairs. If she can find her draw shot early, this team will be tough to beat.

 

Team

2014 CWG

2016 World Championships

CANADA

1-2

4-5

Fiji

1-3

N/A

New Zealand

4-0

8-1 (Silver Medal)

Norfolk Island

N/A

5-4

Tonga

N/A

N/A


Name

Hometown

Position

Ryan Bester

Hanover, ON

Skip

Ryan Stadnyk

Niagara Falls, ON

Lead

 

The men’s pairs team consists of Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) and Ryan Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON).  

 

This duo will look to overcome Australia, Guernsey, Brunei Darussalam, and Malta in the round robin. Australia will clearly be the favourites, having won gold at the 2016 World Championships, and boasting a record of 4-0 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before that. Malta will be a tough second as many Maltese players currently reside in Australia and are used to the fast surfaces. Canada starts the event with games against Guernsey and Brunei. Picking up wins against those two countries should prove as confidence builders for Ryan2 and may be the keys to advancing to the playoffs. One thing to note: three of Canada’s four round robin games take place at night when the greens will be slower. The one that doesn’t is against Australia, which will make it that much more difficult to defeat them when the greens are running quicker.    



Team

2014 CWG

2016 World Championships

CANADA

2-3

5-4

Australia

4-0

7-1-1 (Gold Medal)

Brunei Darussalam

N/A

N/A

Guernsey

N/A

N/A

Malta

3-2

N/A


For more information on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, please visit:
https://www.gc2018.com/sport/lawn-bowls

 

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.