If you are scouring social media for anything bowls related, you likely are stumbling upon the massive festival that is going on in Australia as I type — The Australian Open. A massive field of players recently descended upon the Gold Coast in hopes of battling their way through the sectionals and the upcoming knockout rounds to claim that title as Australian Open Champion in either singles, pairs or fours. While it may not get the same fanfare and publicity that The Australian Open does, it is a very vital part of the Canadian National Program and their goal of not only qualifying for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games events, but giving our athletes the experience and exposure to the highest level of bowls in the world. While I am lucky enough to go down and support the National Team competing at this event as an Assitant Coach, I wanted to make a post to allow everyone reading a chance to get to know the team that is representing Canada on the green. Cam joined the senior squad only a few years ago but has quickly shown the desire and determination to compete at the highest levels internationally. Click HERE for more information.
Results - 2015
BSF Indonesia in the 2nd Asian Disabled Lawn Bowls Championship - BSF Asia
The squad of 10 completed their outing on Monday Oct 9 in New Delhi with four medals, including top honours in the men's fours event. The women completed the haul with two silvers singles, pairs and a bronze fours. For a team largely looked upon as underdogs, gold at the Oct annual competition, which attracted 13 teams, was unexpected. This was especially so for a men's side who were pitted against top seeds Hong Kong in the semi-finals. Said Tan, the youngest member of the men's team who turns 33 tomorrow: "At the start, we were focused on being relaxed and just playing the best we can. I guess it got us a little bit tense and anxious as the game went on, when India suddenly surged forward with a strong lead after just three ends. The team members exchanged few words, added Tan.
Lawn bowls at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games
Hosts Australia will be eager to continue their gold medal rush from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the day event, a qualifying event for the World Bowls Championships in the same city. Clarke, 35, returns to the national fold following a month international hiatus to raise two children, including the birth of her second less than a year ago. Van Asch will steer the triples as skip of an unchanged triumphant line-up from Gold Coast that also includes Krizanic and Scott.
The Asia Pacific Championships being held on Gold Coast, Australia have come to a close, and Canada will return home with four medals. The second half of the event saw the men play in singles and fours, while the women competed in pairs and triples. Each discipline was split up into two sections, with the top three in each section advancing to playoffs.