Ottawa, Ontario | April 9, 2015
Kelly McKerihen and John Bjornson have arrived in Warilla, Australia and are getting ready to compete at the 2015 World Cup. This singles tournament features competitors from around the world and is being played on the indoor greens of the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club. Play is set to begin on April 15 and runs through until April 23.
McKerihen won in the women’s and Bjornson in the men’s at the Canadian Indoor Singles Championship held in Vancouver last November. The competition was tight at the championship and both players have used that experience to fuel their drive to the world stage.
“I am looking forward to the next couple weeks of training and preparations for the upcoming World Cup,” said McKerihen, “This will be my 5th time playing at this venue and my third consecutive year playing in this tournament. I am looking forward to being back and playing against some of the best competitors in the world, I will be giving my all in hopes of coming home with a medal”.
McKerihen has had success at Warilla in the past, narrowly missing out on medals during her World Jr. Cups, winning a bronze medal in 2013 and finishing just out of the playoffs last year. She is will be using her previous experience at Warilla to her advantage this year and believes that a top three finish is a realistic goal, “it is always an honour to wear the maple leaf on my back and I am eagerly awaiting what the tournament has in store”.
On the men’s side, Bjornson will be using his 6 years of competitive experience and 14 national competitions to get ahead of the opposition, “I am very excited for my first World Cup in Warilla,” said Bjornson, “I will get the opportunity to play against the best in the world and am hoping all my hard work and training throughout the winter will pay off. I expect the level of competition to be very high, but I also expect to get my share of wins”.
Not having access to an indoor bowls facility, Bjornson has been practising with his coach Ed Mulholland at indoor soccer fields and on carpeted gym floors to stay as sharp as possible for this experience. “I am grateful to my family, Bowls Manitoba and Norwood LBC for helping me get to this point in my career. It is truly a dream come true for me”.
Results are available as of April 15 at: http://www.warillabowls.com.au/bowls/bowls-world-cup-2015/
For more information, please contact:
Executive Director, Bowls Canada Boulingrin
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