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Brooklyn Stride focused on having fun in journey to silver at YBC Nationals

Brooklyn Stride poses with her mom, Jennifer Stride, in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday afternoon. Stride, a nine-year-old Corner Brook native, won a silver medal in bantam girls singles at the 2017 YBC Nationals in Gatineau.
Brooklyn Stride poses with her mom, Jennifer Stride, in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday afternoon. Stride, a nine-year-old Corner Brook native, won a silver medal in bantam girls singles at the 2017 YBC Nationals in Gatineau.

Brooklyn Stride just focused on having fun and doing her best.

It’s a strategy that worked for the nine-year-old bowler from Corner Brook.

Brooklyn is all smiles today as she celebrates winning a silver medal in the bantam girls singles division at the 2017 YBC National Championships in Gatineau, Que., on Monday afternoon.

She defeated Kyra Thurston of British Columbia 192-170 in a tiebreaker to capture the silver medal in her debut on the national YBC stage.

“It was stressful, but I was really proud of her and I’m happy for her,” her mom, Jennifer, said Tuesday from Quebec City.

It was an exciting time for the shy youngster, who is probably going to need a few days to realize what she accomplished, but she was all smiles with her medal dangling around her neck as she made her way around Gatineau.

“It was fun and I got really excited when I got my silver medal,” Brooklyn said.

Brooklyn was happy to perform well because she had a number of family members, including her parents, nanny Shirley Earle, poppy Gary Taylor and uncle Chad Taylor, watch her throw strikes in the biggest tournament of her life.

Having a mini-burger and cake at The Keg with her parents and grandmother was how Brooklyn celebrated being a champion on the hardwood at the provincial YBC event that gave her the right to compete in her first nationals.

The silver medal in her grasp was reason enough for her to be a happy camper, but things got even better when her parents surprised her with tickets to a live performance of Cirque de Soleil Tuesday night in Quebec City.

Just a small way for a little girl to celebrate something much bigger.

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