2023 World Bowls Championship National Team Selection

Following an intensive selection camp in early May at the Pacific Indoor Lawn Bowls Club in Vancouver BC, ten lawn bowls athletes have been selected to represent Canada at the 2023 World Bowls Championships in Gold Coast, Australia from August 29 – September 10, 2023.

The event will take place at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club, Club Helensvale, Mudgeeraba Bowls Club and Paradise Point Bowls Club.

Men’s Singles:  Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON)
Men’s Pairs: Ryan Bester, John Bezear (Kitchener, ON)
Men’s Triples: Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB), Owen Kirby (Kitchener, ON)
Men’s Fours: Cameron Lefresne, John Beazar, Rob Law, Owen Kirby
Women’s Singles:  Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON)
Women’s Pairs:  Kelly McKerihen, Jordan Kos (Regina, SK)
Women’s Triples:  Emma Boyd (Delta, BC), Baylee van Steijn (Gore’s Landing, ON), Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB)
Women’s Fours: Jordan Kos, Emma Boyd, Baylee van Steijn, Joanna Cooper


Participating in his 5th consecutive World Bowls Championship, Ryan Bester is once again representing Team Canada along with fellow World Championships veteran Kelly McKerihen. With a perfect mix of experienced and rising talent, this year’s Canadian team is sure to make an impact on the world stage.

Coming off an impressive showing at the 2023 World Youth Championships in Ireland, Owen Kirby has proven he belongs at the next level. With international experience at events such as the North American Challenge and the Wales Invitational World Youth Championships, Baylee van Steijn and Emma Boyd are more than ready to solidify their place amongst the best and help Canada find international success.

With guidance from Bester and McKerihen and the experience of teammates Cameron Lefresne, Rob Law, John Bezear, Joanna Cooper and Jordan Kos, Canada’s up and coming stars are in good hands to help Canada reach new heights.

National Head Coach, Terry Scott, had this to say on the team composition: “We have an enthusiastic group of skilled and committed athletes who will proudly represent Canada at the World Championships. It will be a pleasure to work alongside them.” Newly appointed National Assistant Coach Derek Dillon added this: “It is exciting to see a mixture of rookie and veteran athletes make this team. Canada will be well represented again on the international stage”.

The World Bowls Championships takes place every two years, and it is anticipated that 47 nations will attend the 2023 event. The 2023 event is the first World Bowls Championship since 2016, with the 2020 event being cancelled due to COVID-19.

About 2023 World Bowls Championships
The 2023 World Bowls Championships will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland from August 29 – September 10. The event will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club, Club Helensvale, Mudgeeraba Bowls Club and Paradise Point Bowls Club.  The World Bowls Championships are held every two years, and feature men’s and women’s singles, pairs, triples, and fours. 

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.