Canadian Juniors Set Sights on World Championships
Ottawa, Ontario | February 5, 2015
Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC) and Jake Schuknecht (Chesley, ON) are looking to start the New Year off right at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Queensland, Australia. The competition will take place from March 9-15, 2015 and both Westlake and Schuknecht will feel at home as Broadbeach Bowls Club is home to Canada’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist Ryan Bester.
Westlake and Schuknecht won the 2014 Canadian Under 25 Championships at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowls Club and will be representing Canada against the world. The pair will play in their respective Singles events before coming together for the Mixed Pairs event.
There may be snow on the ground but that hasn’t stopped these athletes from training hard to get competition ready. Both are full time students; Westlake is studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Schuknecht at Brock University. With busy schoolwork loads, they must find the time to continue to train for Australia. Westlake is playing and practicing at Pacific Indoor Bowls Club in Vancouver as well as participating in a martial arts class and unwinding with yoga. While Schuknecht is unable to have bowls direct training, he is keeping fit in the gym and is an avid runner.
Westlake and Schuknecht will be supported in Australia at the World Junior Championships by coach Stephen Forrest. “I am excited to be helping two of Canada’s most exciting young players take their first big steps as international representatives”, said Forrest, who is also Westlake’s personal coach. “The championships at Broadbeach will allow Jake and Pricilla the opportunity to stake a claim for their place on future teams and will also let them see first hand how good they really are“ said Forrest, “they have nothing to fear on that level, I believe they will deliver world class performances and look forward to helping them do that individually and as a team”.
The hard work and dedication to the sport has already started to pay off for both athletes. Westlake was recently named to Canada’s National Women’s Team and Schuknecht was named to the Men’s Development Squad. The experience gained in Australia at the Junior Championships will help fine tune their skills and help them excel as high performance athletes.
With just over a month before competition begins, Forrest is confident in his team and his role, “My role is to get Jake and Pricilla 100% ready to choose the next shot and deliver the next bowl as well as they can. Then they repeat it for as long as it takes until their opponent shakes their hand”.
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