Meghan Davis is having so much fun on the lanes this year she isn’t eager to stop.
Luckily for the 19-year-old local bowler, she has the 2014 Canadian Open 5-Pin Championships to look forward to from May. 28-31 in Calgary, Alta.
The Massey Drive native recently wrapped up her youth bowling career by helping lead her team to a bronze medal at the 2014 Youth Bowling Canada Nationals in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
No stranger to high-level competition, Davis was also recently awarded a trophy as the 2013 junior female bowler of the year.
She also earned a Sport NL scholarship and a YBC scholarship, accolades which will help her as she studies Visual Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.
But with her first national adult tournament looming, Davis said now isn’t the time to rest on her accomplishments.
“I’m doing more bowling than ever,” Davis said with a laugh Thursday. “We’re pretty much practising every pin and really trying to perfect everything until we go away.”
Although at the national level the competition is always stiff, Davis said she’s still adjusting to the quality of bowling she’s witnessed in her first year at the Open level.
“The competition has always been really good in youth bowling but it’s even more elevated in open bowling,” she said “You have to pick up your game that much more.”
She’s also had to make the transition from team veteran to rookie, something she said has been aided by the support of her more experienced teammates.
“I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to bowl with,” she said of the team consisting of Sasha Lockyer, Erin Power, Tina Battiste, Kathy Lukeman and LeAnn Tucker. “I’m just glad we get to go to nationals because at provincials I was telling everyone I didn’t want it to end yet because i was having too much fun.”
Regardless of how things go at nationals, Davis plans on taking aim at pins for the forseeable future.
“I’m going to be interested in bowling my whole live regardless of what happens,” she said.