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Caswell to chair new High Performance Committee

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The Board of Bowls Canada Boulingrin is pleased to announce that Don Caswell of Windsor, Ont. has been appointed chairman of the new High Performance Committee. BCB’s High Performance program has been under review for several months. That review is now complete and the recommended revised documents are before the Sport Law & Strategy Group for approval prior to the formal release of the review.


Caswell will join current committee members, interim coach David Mathie, Victoria, B.C. and athlete representatives Jackie Foster, Halifax, N.S. and Pat Bird, Calgary, Alta.


Newly chosen members of the committee include John Aveline, Vancouver, B.C.; George Boxwell, Burnaby, B.C.; Vincent Mai, Vancouver, B.C.; and Bob North, Dresdon, Ont.


Caswell returns to the chair of the High Performance Committee following a high level of success from 2004 to 2009 where, under his stewardship, Canada made 14 trips to the medal podium, including three gold.


Aveline brings a wealth of talent to the committee as a player, coach, and administrator. He has medalled both nationally and internationally and has coached and umpired successfully since 1993.


Boxwell has been bowling more than 50 years.  Starting  in  1962, he has garnered  a  myriad  of  provincial,  national, and international awards including a Commonwealth Games Silver in 1990. He also has administering the sport during the 70s in Ontario and 80s in British Columbia.


Mai, with more than 150 international games played, holds two bronze medals from the auspicious World Cup Indoor Championships, was rated eighth in the World by World Bowls for men’s singles, and is a former National Team player. He holds coaching papers and an umpires’ certificate.


North, is a former HPC member and managed Canada’s entry into the 2005 Asia Pacific Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He has medalled nationally, is a former executive member, and was president of OLBA.


The former High Performance Committee had a good deal of success over the past several years and wishes to thank them for their efforts. The new committee is dedicated to responding to the challenge of taking Canada even higher on the Bowls World stage starting in Scotland at the 8 Nations Cup this summer.