April 10, 2016

Vancouver Sun feature: “Lawn Bowls Renaissance”

Vancouver Sun sports writer Gary Kingston has written a fine feature on our sport, with a strong local angle, published online and in print April 9, 2016. Here’s his lead:

“Lawn bowls history is said to date back to the 13th century. But to suggest you can still find a few of the sport’s pioneers out on the greens of any club you happen to walk by is just an easy joke that perpetuates the prevailing stereotype.

You know the one, the widely held belief that it’s really just a relaxing social activity for geezers and grey hairs.”

Kingston dispenses with the stereotype, and things get really interesting:

“Pricilla Westlake of Delta is a rising bowls star, someone who is quickly making her mark in a sport once seen as the domain of doddering grandparents in starched white uniforms.

The 20-year-old Kwantlen University journalism student and devotee of mixed martial arts fitness classes earned a bronze medal in women’s singles at last month’s World Cup at Warilla in New South Wales, Australia. It matches the best Canadian finish at the annual indoor competition since Vancouver’s Shirley Choy captured gold in 2006.

‘It’s a very significant achievement,’ Anna Mees, executive director of Bowls Canada, said of Westlake reaching the podium. ‘It demonstrated the hard work and training she has put into the game.

‘Canada is taking a new approach to lawn bowling, similar to what curling is doing. We’re taking our national squad and putting them through a physiological training program, with psychological and mental training as well.'”

SPLBC congratulates Bowls Canada, Bowls BC and Pricilla Westlake. Looking forward to seeing her on our greens again soon!