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Corner Brook Centre Bowl sending strong contingent to Youth Bowling Canada nationals

Corner Brook native Jordan Park practices with teammates on the lanes at the Corner Brook Centre Bowl during a recent practice in preparation for the 2017 YBC nationals in Gatineau.
Corner Brook native Jordan Park practices with teammates on the lanes at the Corner Brook Centre Bowl during a recent practice in preparation for the 2017 YBC nationals in Gatineau.

Young bowlers from across the country will be vying for gold in Gatineau this week.

The YBC nationals is the showcase event for youth bowlers from coast to coast and this year’s event gets underway Saturday at the Baribeau Arena in Gatineau, Que.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s representatives this time around include some of the top bowlers from the Corner Brook Centre Bowl, who continue to send budding bowlers to the national tournament on a consistent basis.

Corner Brook has had its share of bowlers accomplish great things on the national stage and some of them are back for another shot at gold, including 2014 national YBC champion Jamie Hickey, a native of Benoit’s Cove who surprised the country with his amazing run to the top.

Bowlers in Corner Brook are a close-knit group who spend a lot of time honing their skills on the lanes and the coaches push them to work towards reaching their full potential and to have fun doing so.

It’s not a matter of just showing up and throwing a few balls for the competitive group that calls Centre Bowl home. They have showed they belong on many occasions before and hope to put in another fine showing this time around in Gatineau.

The following is a look at the Centre Bowl athletes and coaches wearing Newfoundland and Labrador’s crest in Gatineau:

 

Name: Chris Rumboldt

Team: Singles girls (junior, senior and bantam)

Hometown: Corner Brook

Years coaching YBC: 15

Provincial YBC highlghts: 2017 gold singles girls bantam and junior

National YBC highlights: 2011 bronze singles girls senior and junior, 2013 bronze singles girls bantam and junior, and 2014 silver senior girls

 

Name: Brooklyn Stride

Team: Bantam Girls Singles

Age: 9

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Jason and Jennifer Stride

Years in YBC: 4

Provincial YBC highest achievement: Provincial Champion 2017

National YBC highest achievement: First time competitor 

Favourite Athlete: Katarina Roxon

 

Name: Jenna Leyte

Team: Junior Girls Singles 

Age: 14

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Colin and Tonya

Years in YBC: 9

Provincial YBC highest achievement: Provincial champion 2013, 2014, 2017

National YBC highest achievement: Bronze in 2013 and 2014

Favourite Athlete: Auston Matthews

 

Name: Cory Hurley

Team: Junior Boys Centre Bowl

Hometown: Massey Drive

Years coaching in YBC: 10

Provincial YBC highlights: Provincial champion 2012, 2013, 2014

National YBC highlights: Bronze 2013

 

Name: Jamie Hickey

Team: Junior Boys Centre Bowl

Age: 14

Hometown: Humber Arm South

Parents: Tony and Sandra 

Years in YBC: 8

Provincial YBC highest achievement: provincial champion 2014 and 2017

National YBC highest achievement: national champion 2014

Favourite Athlete: Kyle Lowry

 

Name: Daniel O'Neill

Team: Junior Boys Centre Bowl

Age: 14

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Sheldon and Tracey

Years in YBC: 9

Provincial YBC highest achievement: provincial champion 2017

National YBC highest achievement: first time competitor

Favourite Athlete: Brad Gushue

 

Name: Krystian Hall

Team: Junior Boys Centre Bowl

Age: 14

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Gerard Hall and Maureen George

Years in YBC: 9

Provincial YBC highest achievement: provincial champion 2017

National YBC highest achievement: first time competitor 

Favourite Athlete: Don't have one

 

Name: Jordan Park

Team: Junior Boys Centre Bowl

Age: 14

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Kayla Dicks and Greg Park

Years in YBC: 8

Provincial YBC highest achievement: provincial champion 2017

National YBC highest achievement: first time competitor 

Favourite Athlete: Leo Messi

 

Name: Gord Davis

Hometown: Massey Drive

Years coaching YBC: 18

Provincial YBC highlights: Junior girls team gold 2007 and 2008; Senior girls team gold 2010, 2011 and 2014

National YBC highlights: Senior girls bronze (three-way tie for first) in 2014

 

Name: Samantha Davis

Team: Senior Girls Centre Bowl

Age: 18

Hometown: Massey Drive

Parents: Gord and Debbie Davis

Years in YBC: 14

Provincial YBC highest achievement: 2013 Provincial Junior Singles Champion and  2014 Provincial Senior Girls Team Champion

National YBC highest achievement: 2013 National YBC Singles Bronze (2 way tie for Silver playoff game)

National Senior Girls Team Bronze Champion 2014 (3 way tie for Gold playoff game)

Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto Raptors

 

Name: Kaleigh Au

Team: Senior Girls Centre Bowl

Age: 17

Parents: Mike and Cathy Au

Hometown: Massey Drive

Parents: Mike and Cathy Au

Provincial highest achievement: 2014 Provincial Junior Girls Team Gold

National highest achievement: 2014 National Junior Girls Team Bronze

Favourite athlete: DeMar DeRozan - Toronto Raptors

 

Name: Cecilia Loder

Team: Senior Girls Centre Bowl

Age: 16

Hometown: Irishtown-Summerside

Parents: Greg and Julia Loder

Provincial highest achievement: 2014 Provincial Junior Girls Team Gold

National highest achievement: 2014 National Junior Girls Team Bronze

Favourite athlete: Frederik Andersen - Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Name: Helena McCarthy

Team: Senior Girls Centre Bowl

Age: 16

Hometown: Corner Brook

Parents: Ron and Monica Mccarthy

Provincial highest achievement: 2014 Provincial Junior Girls Team Gold

National highest achievement: 2014 National Junior Girls Bronze

Favourite athlete: United States gymnast Simone Biles 

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