FOLLOWING ARE THE FIRST PLACE WINNERS OF OUR 2016 TOURNAMENTS
John Randle, Irene Toulouse, Jason Valchar
IMAGINE CRUISE & TRAVEL
Martin Fereday, Chris Fereday, Olav Skjelbred
H & M JONES
Chuck Rogerson, Monique Burgoyne
BERWICK ON THE LAKE
Rick Quibell, Mary Mulligan, Lynn Chwartacki, Mick Banks
Al Barrass, June Noble, Marj Finske, Monique Bourgoyne
Rick Quibel, Mary Mulligin, John Kendall, Lynn Chwartacki
Keith McMann, Bob Hungar, Dave Ruckman
Carol Chapman, Bob Hungar, Fred Hulke, Marian Wallace
Chuck Rogerson, Dave Ruckman
RUTH NOVIS 75+
Emily Lawson, Ron Chisholm
June Meaning, Marian Wallace, Meg McGovern, Edna Coté
Day 1: Peter Barter, Carol Chapman
Day 2: Jean Giszas, Dave Ruckman
Men’s: Hirendra Bhartu Novice Men’s: Richard Brind
Ladies: Mary Mulligan Novice Ladies: Christine Brind
Juniors Under 12: Jessica Valchar
Jr. Under 12 Special Mention: Esmee Driscall
Barbara Berg, Teresa Rogerson, David Ball
JANET & DEREK SHANDLEY
Bob Finlay, Joyce Finlay, Joe Randazzo
Olav Skjelbred, Roberta Stets
Emily Lawson, Barbara Berg
Gordon, Jason and I set off for Victoria on Thursday, July 6 and arrived at Gordon Head LBC at approximately 3 pm for a practice followed by a pizza party for the 12 boys and 4 girls
who had registered for the Provincials.
The boys were split into two round robins and five games were played over two days: two Friday and three on Saturday. The format was 2-hour time limit or first to reach 18 points except for the medal games which had no time limit. Jason won his first game 18-5, his second game 18-9, his third game 18-10 and his fourth game 18-13, and just lost his fifth game 14-18. However, he had earned enough points to place him in the semifinals on Sunday. His first game in the semifinals he lost to the eventual gold medal winner 15-18 which meant he was in the playoff for the bronze medal. I am pleased to say he won his game convincingly 18-11 over last year’s gold medalist. (This means he bowled approximately 560 bowls over the weekend – no mean feat.) As you can imagine Gordon and I were very proud of him as he went up to receive his medal.
Please join me in congratulating Jason on his success at the Provincials and wishing him success in the upcoming Nationals in Nova Scotia at the end of July in Nova Scotia. We have collected enough to pay for his airfare and most of the hotel accommodation. The Valchar family and I would like to thank everyone for their donations and purchases toward funding his trip to Dartmouth, Halifax.
You have been amazing in your support.
Blind Provincial Championships
McArthur Park Lawn Bowling Club, Kamloops, BC
Four Nanaimo visually impaired bowlers accompanied by two directors travelled to Kamloops in 2013 for an invitational tournament.
Each pair played 3 games.
The Nanaimo pair of Dave Ruckman skip and Randy Fred lead went undefeated and won 1st prize.
Tshepo Raditladi ( Nan ) played lead with Charles from Kamloops.
They had a record of 2 wins and 1 loss ( losing only to Dave & Randy ) and claimed 3rd prize.
Jay Gatley (Nanaimo) played lead with Kay Miller of Kamloops. Their record was 1 win and 2 losses and they placed 4th.
Also, skip Al Hanet of Kelowna and lead Eugene Amburg of Burnaby place 2nd with 2 wins and 1 loss.
The tournament was played at McArthur Park.
They have 8 visually impaired bowlers and for most of them this was their first opportunity to play against low vision players from around the province.
The club had many volunteers to act as directors and markers. The kitchen staff provided a delicious chili lunch as well as nutritious snacks throughout the day.
Maureen Hickey was the tournament organizer and did a superb job.
Thank you to David Burns and Donn Sherry who accompanied the Nanaimo bowlers.
Thanks to BC Blind Sports who coordinated the event and provided accommodations and transportation for the out of town participants.