Albert Robertson is a happy man after winning back-to-back gold medals at a provincial Winter Games.
The 18-year-old Corner Brook native was a member of the Western male bowling team that claimed gold Tuesday at the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Clarenville. Four years ago in Grand Falls-Windsor, Robertson was only 14 years old when he was a member of the Western contingent that picked up gold medals for their efforts at the provincial showcase.
Robertson’s teammates for the gold-medal rush in Clarenville, as the first week of the Games wrapped up Tuesday, included Brandon Keeping, Kyle Au and Kyle Janes. Mark Cooke of Corner Brook was the coach of the Western male team at the Games.
Western defeated St. John’s North in the final showdown, with the winners accumulating 999 points while the opposition finished up with a 797 total.
“Another gold medal. Nothing new my son. Second gold medal. Back-to-back,” an excited Robertson said Tuesday while waiting to board the Western bus for home.
Robertson and company squeaked into the final after downing Avalon by 11 pins in the last frame.
“Brandon kept us in it,” he said. “He was by far the strongest bowler on the team. He threw awesome.”
Robertson was in Keeping’s shoes four years ago, so he knows what was going through his teammate’s mind.
“I was the youngest fella on the team and threw really well and kept the team in when I needed to, and this year he returned the favour,” he said.
Winning back-to-back gold is something Robertson’s proud of because he doesn’t think it’s something that happens all the time.
This time around he felt the win was more special because he played a bigger role.
“It was probably sweeter because I got up in the 10th frame in the game to beat Avalon and threw what I needed to throw, so I felt more responsible,” he said.
Known as a guy who loves to have fun on and off the alleys, Robertson said he didn’t change anything about his approach to the game and appreciated the hospitality shown to the athletes by the host committee and the volunteers who made them feel at home.
“It was an awesome experience,” he said. “It was so good to see so many people enjoying it.”
The medal haul on the Caribou Lanes also included Western’s women’s bowling team, comprised of Keisha Brown, Samantha Davis, Samantha Cooke and Brittany Penney under coach Gord Davis. The team claimed gold with a win over Mount Pearl South in the final.
The Western mixed team, comprised of Jonandrew Evans, Kayleigh Au, Cheyenne Moore and Mathieu Hubert, picked up silver in their division after losing to Avalon in the final match.