World Youth Championships Set to Begin

Ottawa, Ontario | February 22nd, 2018

Four promising Canadian bowlers have landed in Queensland, Australia to compete in the 2018 World Youth Championships from February 24 – March 2.

Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB), Cameron LeFresne (Enfield, NS), Carah Webster (Victoria, BC), and Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC) will compete against top youth bowlers from around the globe at the 2018 Commonwealth Games venue: the Broadbeach Bowls Club.

The World Youth Championships, formerly the World Junior Championships, are an annual outdoor event featuring men’s and women’s singles and mixed pairs.

Westlake, the defending World Youth Champion, will pair up for the Mixed Pairs portion of the event with Rob Law, while the reigning Canadian Under 25 Champions LeFresne and Webster will join forces as the other team. 

Westlake will be returning for her fourth consecutive appearance at the event, while Law and LeFresne will be returning to the event for their second time each. For Webster, this is her debut with the Maple Leaf on her back. When asked how she would handle her first international experience, Webster said, “I’m just going to take it one game at a time, making every bowl better than my last. As long as I’m bowling what I know is my best, I will be happy and proud.”

The defending champion Westlake will be making the east coast of Australia her home for the next several weeks. After the World Youth Championships are finished, she will be competing in the World Cup in Warrilla, followed by the Commonwealth Games back at Broadbeach. LeFresne will be joining her for an extended stay down under, as he too will be representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games. “This is my third time playing at Broadbeach, having just played there recently in the Multi-Nations event last year,” said LeFresne. “I’m definitely more comfortable on the greens and should be able to adjust to them much quicker now that I know what to expect.”

Returning to coach the four Canadians is Darryl Fitzgerald, the coach of Canada’s Youth and Development Squads. When asked how he felt going into the event, Fitzgerald said “I feel very optimistic. We have three returning players and one brand new player. The group we have is a great mix of talent from right across Canada and all four players mix together very well. We have a great mix of youth and experience and all players are supportive and work as a team rather than individual players.”

Round Robin play will commence on Saturday February 24th and conclude on Wednesday February 28th.  The Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Pairs playoffs are set for Thursday March 1st with the finals on Friday March 2nd, 2018.

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For more information, please contact:
Jake Schuknecht, Technical Coordinator, Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

About the World Youth Championships
The World Youth 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 2018 event will be hosted at Broadbeach Bowls Club in Queensland, Australia from February 24th – March 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