Bowls Canada Boulingrin Celebrates National Team Legacy with Capping Project

Bowls Canada Boulingrin is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the ‘Capping Project’, a heartfelt initiative designed to honor the legacy of our national team players, both past and present. Over the past year, driven by the enthusiasm of current athletes, dedicated individuals have worked tirelessly to document and preserve the history of our national team players.

Spearheading the research, Wayne Wright meticulously documented the players who participated in the World Bowls Championships (WB). Anita Nival and Don Caswell expanded this effort, covering the Asia Pacific Championships (APC), Atlantic Championships (AC), and the Commonwealth Games (CG). Anita’s contribution went above and beyond our expectations, adding medal counts and full team rosters, as well as documenting the number of matches (tests) each individual played.

The Capping Project focused on major multi-nation events, including the Commonwealth Games (formerly the British Empire Games), World Bowls Championships, Atlantic Championships, and Asia Pacific Championships. Moving forward, the High Performance Committee will determine which events qualify as “Capped” events, defined as multi-nation competitions where selected individuals or teams compete against other nationally selected teams. Athletes competing in their first “Capped” event will receive a BCB cap number and a “test” for each match played.

For the men, the first Capped event was the 1930 British Empire Games, followed by the World Bowls Championships in 1966, the APC in 1985, and the Atlantic Championships in 2007. Women’s international competition began in 1969 with their first World Championships, and they participated in the Commonwealth Games starting in 1982. Recently, the first Canadian Para Athletes were capped following their participation in the 2024 International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships.

In total, the project has recognized 79 women, 110 men, and 3 Para athletes. The complete list of “Capped” players can be found on BCB’s website, providing a lasting tribute to these athletes. We acknowledge that there may be some gaps in our records due to limited archival information, and we welcome any additional information from past players or the public to help us fill in the missing details.

Below, you will find the names of our pioneering athletes along with the number of tests they completed. Further down, we list the ten athletes on the men’s and women’s sides with the most tests, their cap numbers, and their total number of tests played. Bowls Canada is committed to contacting all Capped players or their relatives to present them with a cap bearing their number, ensuring their contributions are remembered and celebrated.

Men – 1 . Harry J Allen, 1930 BEG 4

Cap Number

Name

Home Town

Year

Event

Tests Played

90

Ryan Bester

Hanover, ON

2002

CG

273

58

Bill Boettger

Kitchener, ON

1980

WB

235

74

Keith Roney

Regina, SK

1993

APC

182

49

Ronald Jones

London, ON

1974

CG

148

60

Dave Brown

North Vancouver, BC

1982

CG

130

63

Dave Houtby

Niagara Falls, ON

1984

WB

107

89

Chris Stadnyk

Niagara Falls, ON

2001

APC

106

95

Steve McKerihen

Toronto, ON

2005

APC

101

81

Mark Sandford

Toronto, ON

1998

CG

95

93

Michel Larue

Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, QC

2003

APC

94

 

Women – 1. Joyce Aitken, 1969 WB 10

Cap Number

Name

Home Town

Year

Event

Tests Played

21

Alice Duncalf

Coquitlam, BC

1982

CG

253

35

Anita Nivala

Regina, SK

1993

APC

189

36

Jean Roney

Regina, SK

1993

APC

176

60

Kelly McKerihen

Toronto, ON

2007

ABC

178

52

Leanne Chinery

Victoria, BC

2005

APC

144

25

Dorothy Macey

BC

1985

APC

129

23

Elaine Jones

Winnipeg, MB

1985

APC

118

29

Marlene Cleutnix

Winnipeg, MB

1988

WB

117

69

Jacqueline Foster

NS

2011

APC

109

38

Margaret Richards

Lachine, QC

1993

APC

106

Para 

Cap Number

Name

Home Town

Year

Event

Tests

P1

Andy Caldwell

St Thomas ON

2024

IBD

9

P2

Louise McLean

Kitchener ON

2024

IBD

9

P3

Jack Smart

Calgary AB

2024

IBD

9

 

For more information, you can contact Don Caswell, Performance Manager at dcaswell@bowlscanada.ca

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