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['WS-xx-letter to the editor']
['WS-xx-letter to the editor']

Dear editor: I never thought that I would be writing a letter regarding the treatment of adults versus children especially in a time when kids are starting to know what competition is all about.

I had bowled for 31 years, my daughter 11 years and now my two grandchildren and in all that time I have never encountered anyone being disqualified because of dress code.

While watching the news last night, I was saddened to see a little boy who played well and his teammates lose out on a gold medal because his pants were not as dark as the others.  

I would like to know what that has to do with the performance of a bowler.  I noticed that his shirt, which was the right colour, came down over most of his pants. For you and some parents to notice that then you must have been pretty desperate to get that medal because your team did not win it.

Those bowlers worked hard all year like all bowlers to get into that tournament and excited that they had won.  

While they were waiting for their medals, you were inside a room tearing down their tower of happiness piece by piece because one pair of pants was not as dark as others.

I am wondering if those bowlers won the bronze, would the outcome be the same. 

I guess not.  You should be ashamed!  

I know that whenever I go to Corner Brook, I won't bother to go play at your lanes and YBC should refuse to go to tournaments if they are to be held in Corner Brook.

I do not know any of those bowlers but I feel for them as if it had to be my grandchildren this happened to last weekend.

I wish I had medals to give these children because they are the ones who deserve them because they are the winners in my book.  

The medals were given to bowlers who one day will remember how they got them.  

Peg Higgins, Grand Falls-Windsor

I had bowled for 31 years, my daughter 11 years and now my two grandchildren and in all that time I have never encountered anyone being disqualified because of dress code.

While watching the news last night, I was saddened to see a little boy who played well and his teammates lose out on a gold medal because his pants were not as dark as the others.  

I would like to know what that has to do with the performance of a bowler.  I noticed that his shirt, which was the right colour, came down over most of his pants. For you and some parents to notice that then you must have been pretty desperate to get that medal because your team did not win it.

Those bowlers worked hard all year like all bowlers to get into that tournament and excited that they had won.  

While they were waiting for their medals, you were inside a room tearing down their tower of happiness piece by piece because one pair of pants was not as dark as others.

I am wondering if those bowlers won the bronze, would the outcome be the same. 

I guess not.  You should be ashamed!  

I know that whenever I go to Corner Brook, I won't bother to go play at your lanes and YBC should refuse to go to tournaments if they are to be held in Corner Brook.

I do not know any of those bowlers but I feel for them as if it had to be my grandchildren this happened to last weekend.

I wish I had medals to give these children because they are the ones who deserve them because they are the winners in my book.  

The medals were given to bowlers who one day will remember how they got them.  

Peg Higgins, Grand Falls-Windsor

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