The Canadian Youth Championships were held May 30 – Jun 1 in Winnipeg, MB. This annual championship tournament brings 8 provincial teams of 6 youth bowlers together to compete for medals, scholarship and a National Title in each of Bantam, Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions.
Southern Ontario won a total of 14 medals at this years competition … 7 GOLD, 2 SILVER and 5 BRONZE! Contributing to this teams success were 3 youth from London and District who all came home with medals!
Rebekah Loker (pictured above left) from Woodstock, who bowls out of Bowlerama Royale, was the Junior Girl on the team. This was Rebekah’s first time at CYC’s but competed at a National Level at YBC Nationals in 2012. She had great success in Winnipeg bringing home Silver in the Team Event, Gold in the Doubles Event, went undefeated to win Gold in Singles Event and became the 2015 Junior Girl National Champion! With that title she earned $175 scholarship thanks to funding from Sport Canada!
Brayden Vaughan (pictured above right) from St. Thomas, who bowls out of Heritage Lanes, was the Junior Boy on the team. This was Brayden’s first ever National Tournament and he too brought home a GOLD medal in doubles having bowled the event with Rebekah Loker. Brayden had stop competing at this tournament due to medical reasons but showed everyone what a great sportsman and team player he was when he cheered the rest of his teammates on for the remainder of the tournament.
Mykaela Mitchell (pictured above centre) from London, who bowls out of Bowlerama Royale, was the Intermediate Girl on the team. This was Mykaela’s 3rd time at CYC’s and was able to bring home a Silver in the Team Event, Gold in the Doubles Event, Bronze in the Singles Event, and became the 2015 Intermediate Girl National Champion! This is her 3rd National CYC’s title winning as a Bantam in 2010, Junior in 2012 and now Intermediate in 2015. With that title she won a $200 scholarship thanks to funding from Sport Canada!
These 3 bowlers set goals at the beginning of the season…worked hard to make that dream a reality, showed perseverance and came out on top! One game…one frame…one ball at a time!
Rebekah and Mykaela’s National Banners will be on display at Bowlerama Royale!