Bronze Medal for Canada’s Bowls Athletes

June 21, 2019 – Gold Coast (AUS)

Canada’s Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) and Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) secured Canada’s first medal at the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships.   A 21-16 defeat over Thailand secured the duo a semi-final berth against Australia’s Ray Pearse and Nathan Rice.   The Canadians battled hard in the semi-final match but could not find their groove against the strong Australian side and were defeated 6-21. 

Bester and Law will share equal bronze medals with Malyasia who were defeated by New Zealand’s Shannon McIlroy and Gary Lawson.  The gold medal match between Australia and New Zealand will be played on June 22.    

Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) met two-time Commonwealth Games Champion Jo Edwards of New Zealand’s in the Women’s Singles Quarterfinals. McKerihen and Edwards dueled it out right to the end, however it was Edwards who came out victorious on the day 16-21. Edwards would go on to defeat India in the semis and has earned the right to compete for the gold against Norfolk Island.

The Canadian women’s fours team of Foster (Bridgetown, NS), Cooper (Calgary, AB), Kos (Regina, SK), and Chinery (Victoria, BC) met a strong squad from Hong Kong in the Quarterfinals for Women’s Fours. Hong Kong came out blazing and stole the show with a 17-7 victory. Hong Kong moved onto the Semi Finals but fell to a strong New Zealand side who will go on to meet Malaysia in the gold medal match.
“We are extremely pleased with the solid performances from all of our players,” said High Performance Chair Don Caswell.  “Our women continue to demonstrate that they belong with the bowling elite.  The bronze medal for Bester and Law further solidifies that Canada is a contender on the world stage.”

Second half action begins on June 24th (local time) with sectional play for Men’s Singles (Ryan Bester), Men’s Fours (Cameron Lefresne (Enfield NS), Greg Wilson (Cochrane AB), Pat Bird (Calgary AB), Rob Law), Women’s Pairs (Kelly McKerihen, Joanna Cooper) and Women’s Triples (Leanne Chinery, Jordan Kos, Jackie Foster).

Live streaming will be available on June 22 can be found on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page:

For standings and results:

2019 Asia Pacific Championships Team Canada Roster
Men’s Singles:  Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON)
Men’s Pairs:  Ryan Bester, Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB)
Men’s Triples:       Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), Pat Bird (Calgary, AB)
Men’s Fours:         Cameron Lefresne, Greg Wilson, Pat Bird, Rob Law
Women’s Singles: Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON)
Women’s Pairs:  Kelly McKerihen, Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB)
Women’s Triples: Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK), Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS)
Women’s Fours, Leanne Chinery, Jordan Kos, Joanna Cooper, Jackie Foster

About 2019 Asia Pacific Championships
The 2019 Asia Pacific Championships will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland from June 18 to 28 and feature teams from 18 countries. The event will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale and Musgrave Hill Bowls Club.  The Asia Pacific Championships is a qualifying event for the World Bowls Championships 2020 which will also be held at the same venues in May and June next year.

About Bowls Canada
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

For more information, please contact:
Anna Mees
Executive Director, Bowls Canada