CORNER BROOK — Meghan Davis is happy to have another chance to strut her stuff on the national stage.
The 18-year-old Corner Brook native will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2013 national five-pin youth challenge in Sherbrooke, Que., in March. Davis, one of the most travelled bowlers in the city in recent years, was among the top three female bowlers at the provincial challenge earlier this year in Paradise. She managed to snag the third spot with a 225.8 average over five games. Davis has been hanging around the lanes all her life and has participated in a number of national bowling tournaments. She represented her province at the national challenge in Regina, Sask., two years ago and says she had a blast.
The youth challenge features the top bowlers in the 13-18 age bracket, so this was a last kick at the can for Davis. She admits she put a bit of pressure on herself to perform on the hardwood.
“So, I guess I wanted it even more knowing this was my last opportunity,” Davis said last week during the holiday break.
She will be joined on the Sherbrooke journey by two fellow Corner Brook keglers — Keisha Brown on the female side and Jonandrew Evans — both of whom are making their debut on the national five-pin stage. Daughter of Gord and Debbie Davis, Meghan likes the fact she will share the experience with some of her Centre Bowl teammates.
“There’s a good team going and I’m glad there are three of us from Corner Brook. It’s really nice,” she said.
Davis has competed in a number of Youth Bowling Canada major events over the years, but she finds the challenge is a little more competitive, despite the good social setting to the event.
“It’s very competitive and the teams are really strong,” she said of the competition that awaits in Sherbrooke.
She plans on hitting the lanes more often than ever in hopes of turning in a good performance. She isn’t going to put any pressure on herself and wants to embrace the experience.
“I will be content with doing my best. That would be lovely,” she said. “Just to feel that I actually bowled well. That would be nice and that’s what I am looking forward to is actually knowing I did good.”
She hopes to put it all together during her practices to improve her chances.
“I want to kind of make sure I am more consistent,” she said.