Bowls Canada Boulingrin Announces 2023-2026 Senior Squad

Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is pleased to announce the athletes named to the 2023-2026 HP Senior Squad 

Coming off Canada’s ‘best-ever’ World Bowls World Championships, BCB confirms the 8 women and 12 men named to the High-Performance (HP) Senior Squad (2023-26).  Amongst them is current World Champion, Ryan Bester, World Bowl’s Silver Medalist, Kelly McKerihen, and bronze medalists John Bezear, Emma Boyd, Baylee Van Steijn, and Joanna Cooper. 

The men’s side is packed with experienced players, Commonweatlh Games teammates and World medalist. Notably current World Champion, Ryan Bester returns along with 2023 World Championships teammates John Bezear, Owen Kirby, Rob Law, and Cameron Lefresne. Amidst the returning familiar faces is some new and exciting talent. Erik Galipeau, 2023 Canadian U25 Champion, and Canadian U25 Silver medalist, Auzzie Chambers, most recently members of the national Youth Development Squad, round out the 2023-26 Squad.   

The women’s team welcomes back veteran players Kelly McKerihen (2023 World Silver medalist) Emma Boyd, Joanna Cooper, Jackie Foster, Jordan Kos (2023 Women’s U25 Singles Gold Medalist), Jennifer MacDonald and Baylee van Steijn. Linda Ng, a Senior Squad newcomer rounds out the women’s side. This is a squad with numerous international matches played throughout their careers and a force to reckon with on the greens. 

Don Caswell, BCB High-Performance Manager, says “I’m excited to witness the new squad develop as a team and build on the success of the 2023 World Bowls World Championships. Along with core members from the 2023 World Bowls Championships we have added new members to the squad that will be able to showcase their talents and help us continue to make waves internationally.”  

Similarly with excitement, Derek Dillon, National Head Coach stated “I’m excited with the talent that has been included into this new squad. The mixture of new members combined with proven experienced athletes will set the scene for Canada’s High-Performance Program to flourish over the next 3 years and beyond. I congratulate all athletes that have been selected for this squad and look forward to the continual development of lawn bowls within Canada.” 

The squad was selected based on a set criteria which considered skills, tactics, and experience and then balanced with positional fit. The selection process was open to all and those who applied were invited to attend one of three evaluation opportunities. Additionally, national selectors were present at events such as the World Bowls Championships, the Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships (Pairs, Fours, and Singles), and the Canadian Youth Championships. 

The National Squad is supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada Funding and supplemented by squad members through contribution fees for events and programs. 

Below is the full roster list:

Women’s Senior Squad 

Emma Boyd 

Tsawwassen, BC 

Tsawwassen LBC/Club Tweed (Aus) 

Joanna Cooper 

Calgary, AB 

Calgary LBC 

Jackie Foster 

Lower Sackville, NS 

Bridgetown LBC  

Jordan Kos 

Regina, SK 

Regina LBC  

Jennifer MacDonald 

Calgary, AB 

Calgary LBC 

Kelly McKerihen 

Toronto, ON 

Port Credit LBC / Clayton Bowls Club (Aus) 

Linda Ng 

Richmond, BC 

Pacific Indoor Bowls Club 

Baylee van Steijn 

Gores Landing, ON 

Cobourg LBC 


Men’s Senior Squad  

Ryan Bester 

Hanover, ON 

Hanover LBC / Musgrave Hill Bowls Club (Aus) 

John Bezear 

Kitchener, ON 

Heritage Greens LBC 

Pat Bird 

Calgary, AB 

Calgary LBC 

Auzzie Chambers 

Langley, BC 

Juan de Fuca LBC 

Erik Galipeau 

Toronto, ON 

Port Credit LBC 

Owen Kirby 

Kitchener, ON 

Heritage Greens LBC 

Rob Law 

Calgary, AB 

Calgary LBC 

Cam Lefresne 

Bridgewater, NS 

Wanderers LBC 

Jon MacDonald 

Calgary, AB 

Calgary LBC 

Mike McNorton 

Kitchener, ON 

Heritage Greens LBC 

Kody Olthof 

Woodstock, ON 

Woodstock LBC 

Greg Wilson 

Cochrane, AB 

Calgary LBC 


About Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

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