STRIKING IT BIG: Mini kingpins off to Winnipeg for nationals

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Until the final pin drops, three local bowling teams will be rolling like thunder at the Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) National Championships in Winnipeg this weekend.

Young athletes, ranging from ages 8 to 17, will be testing their skills as they compete in 21 games against the country’s best, from May 3 to 5.

Local MPP Jim McDonell doled out congratulatory certificates to all 12 of the provincial champions at Cornwall’s Olympia Bowl on April 26.

Marolyn Desrosiers, coach of the bantam girls team, says her young bowlers are determined to become three-peat YBC national champs. The team consists of Sophia Dorie, 10, Amy Wang, 8, Savannah Ingola, 10, and Brianna Lauzon, 9.

“We’re going for a triple crown,” said Desrosiers. “They’re very excited – many have never flown before.”

To prepare for the event, bowlers from the bantam girls, bantam boys, and senior boys teams have been practicing twice a week. Being able to fine-tune their game is a luxury the junior kingpins can afford, since Olympia Bowl is donating their lanes free of charge.

“We can’t thank Olympia Bowl or the sponsors enough,” she said.

Despite her squad being rookies at the national level, Melissa Russell, bantam boys team coach, is confident that months of hard work will pay off in Winnipeg.

“I think they have the capability of coming home with a medal,” said Russell.

Members include Brayden Boismenu, 9, Blake Russell, 10, David Pecore, 10, and Joshua Dorie, 8.

“I’m kinda nervous, but I believe we can win it,” said Russell. “We just need to pick up all our pins, hit the strikes, and cheer.”

The senior boys team is led by Paul Flaro and features Jason Bourget, 17, Thomas Flaro, 15, Aidan Proulx, 17, and Cody Lapierre, 17.

For live coverage of the event, visit www.youthbowling.ca.

Geographic location: Winnipeg

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