Ottawa, Ontario | December 22nd, 2016
Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) and Nicole LeBlanc (Uxbridge, ON) are gearing up to join Lucas Caldwell (Peterborough, ON) and Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC) at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Queensland, Australia.
Westlake and Caldwell were named as Canada’s first entry to the World Youth Championships based on their respective victories at the 2016 Canadian Under 25 Championships. Law and Leblanc were selected based on an application process after member national authorities were invited by World Bowls to enter a second pairing.
This will mark Westlake’s third visit to this event. Westlake was also a member of Canada’s 2016 World Bowls Championships team that recently competed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Caldwell, Law and LeBlanc made their debut on the international stage this past October at the 2016 North American Challenge held at the Pacific Indoor Bowls Club in Vancouver, BC.
The competition will take place from March 27th – April 2nd at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, which is the bowls venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and home away from home for Canada’s Ryan Bester.
The World Youth Championships are an annual outdoor championship that feature Men’s and Women’s Singles and a Mixed Pairs event. In order to be eligible athletes must have reached their 18th birthday but not reached their 25th birthday by the start of the event. Law and Leblanc have been paired together for the Mixed Pairs event while Caldwell will team up with Westlake to take on the World’s best youth bowlers.
Darryl Fitzgerald (Waterloo, ON) has been named the coach for the World Youth Championships. Fitzgerald will provide his coaching expertise and management support for the team of the four Canadian athletes prior to and during the Championships. “Darryl continues to demonstrate his ability to develop young athletes,” said Don Caswell, Chair of the Bowls Canada High Performance Committee, “and we are pleased to have him on board”.
For more information on the 2017 World Youth Championships, please visit: http://www.worldbowls.com/event/world-junior-cup-2/
For more information, please contact:
Katie Gardner, Communications and Promotions Manager
Bowls Canada Boulingrin
About World Youth Championships
The World Junior Championships are an annual outdoor championships that feature Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Pairs events. Eligible athletes must have reached their 18th birthday but not reached their 25th birthday the start of the event. The 2017 event will be hosted at Broadbeach Bowls Club in Queensland Australia from March 27th – April 2nd.
About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
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 www.bowlscanada.com.