Westlake and Mai to Compete at 2016 Bowls World Cup

Ottawa, Ontario | March 11th, 2016

Pricilla Westlake (Delta, British Columbia) and Vince Mai (Vancouver, British Columbia) are off to Warilla, Australia to compete at the 2016 World Cup.  This annual singles tournament features competitors from over 20 countries and is played on the indoor greens of the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club.  The 2016 event is set to begin on March 15th and runs through until March 23rd. 

Westlake and Mai earned the right to compete in Warilla when they won their 2015 Canadian Indoor Singles Champion titles last November in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This is Westlake’s first appearance at the premiere event.  The World Cup is the first of two international competitions Westlake will compete in over the next two months.  Westlake, a member of the Canadian Women’s National Squad, will also be representing Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Queensland, Australia from April 9th-15th.  

Mai will be making his fourth appearance at the 2016 World Cup and enjoys playing in this tournament as the facility and competition are top notch.  “Every opponent you play is either an ex-champion or the current champion from their country.  To make it to the semi-finals you really have to minimize your mistakes” said Mai. 

Westlake will be playing in Section 1 of the women’s draw against eight other opponents, one of whom is defending champion Siti Zalina Ahmad of Malaysia.  Mai will be playing in Section 2 of the men’s draw against nine opponents including Warilla’s own Jeremy Henry who has won this event three times in the last five years.  Westlake will open the competition with a match against Sonia Bruce of the Philippines on the morning of March 15th while Mai will face Peter Bonsor of Spain in his first match later that afternoon.  The round robin play will continue until Monday March 21st (with no play on Saturday March 19th).  Playoffs begin in the afternoon of the Monday, finishing with the finals on Wednesday March 23rd. 

For a full list of competitors and the complete draw please visit: http://www.worldbowls.com/event/world-cup/

For more information on Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club please visit: http://www.warillabowls.com.au/

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