Snow and a power outage did not interfere with an excellent weekend of indoor bowls in Qualicum Beach when six of the best young bowlers, from various lawn bowling clubs in BC, participated in the first ever Youth Winter Indoor Bowls event at Qualicum Beach Indoor Bowls facility.
Saturday commenced with a warm-up friendly competition with an Australian format known as “Jack Attack”. The actual Singles competition was held on Sunday when players faced each other in a round-robin format. The results were as follows: 1st place: Jason Valchar (Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club); 2nd place: Emma Boyd (Tsawwassen LBC); and 3rd place Max Bodley-Scott (Gordon Head LBC). Congratulations to all the players. The 40 plus spectators were treated to an excellent level of bowling throughout the two days. The event was live-streamed, and 60 people were watching the event live from as far afield as the UK and South Africa.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen including Markers: Rod Tester, Dean Thompson, Mick Banks, Keith McMann, Robin Hittos, and Charles. A special thanks to Vicki Banks, who
fed us well and did an excellent job all weekend providing lunches and even a hot breakfast, and her kitchen crew Angelika Valchar, Jessica Valchar (aged 10) and Lynn Chwartacki.
The event was organized by Ann Bodley-Scott (Gordon Head LBC), Mick and Vicki Banks (Qualicum Beach LBC) and Shirley Phillips (Nanaimo LBC). Funding was provided by Bowls BC and donations to the event were received from Qualicum Beach LBC;
Able Recognition, Nanaimo; Shirley Phillips and Ann Bodley Scott.
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Our shortmat players enjoyed a wonderful visit to Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club and spent the day bowling in a fun event of four 8-ends games followed by a social hour. We were made to feel very welcome, and the kitchen crew provided hot and cold beverages as well as goodies of all varieties with special dietary needs well catered for. We were delighted to meet and play with some of the Oak Bay team who are going to represent Canada in Sweden later this month. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts, Andrew Harley and Garry Anderson, and also to all the players, both from Oak Bay and Nanaimo for such a terrific day. The weather was kind for travelling, and as you can see from the photograph a fun time was had by all.
We hope to come to an arrangement where we can reciprocate the visit in the Fall.