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Canada announces tentative long list for 2019 Pan Americans Games

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The Canadian Tenpin Federation, the governing body for Tenpin Bowling in Canada, has announced the tentative long list for the 2019 Pan Americans Games. CTF has three events, two this fall and one event in spring 2019, which will determine who qualifies for the Games.

The final long list will be announced in early summer with the final team selection announced early in 2019.

The 2019 Pan American Games, officially the XVIII Pan American Games or the 18th Pan American Games, is a major international multi-sport event that is scheduled to be celebrated in the tradition of the Pan American Games, as governed by Pan American Sports Organization (PASO).

The games are scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2019, in Lima, Peru. Preliminary rounds in certain events are scheduled to begin on July 24, 2019. These will be the first Pan American Games held in Peru, becoming the largest sporting event hosted by the country.

The Games will be held at venues in Lima and other municipalities in the surrounding region. The Pan American Games and 2019 Parapan American Games (for athletes with disabilities) are being organized by the Organizing Committee of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games (COPAL).

Canadian Tenpin Federation – Tentative Long List (as of March 26. 2018)

Valerie Bercier
Valerie Bercier resides in Spring Lake, Mich., and has been a member of the adult team for six years and a member of the youth team for three Years. She was the 2017 National Team Trials champion and a silver medalist at the 2015 Team Trials. Valerie won a silver medal at the 2014 PABCON Championships in the team and was fourth in the doubles events. She has also won multiple medals at the Tournament of Americas. In addition, she placed fourth in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. Hometown: Brampton, Ontario.

Miranda Panas
Miranda Panas resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, and has been a member of the adult team Canada for seven years and the youth team for five years. She has represented Canada at the Tournament of Americas in 2012 winning a silver medal in mixed doubles. At the PABCON Youth Championships in 2013 she was part of the trios team that won bronze. In 2014 she won a bronze at the Pan Am Olympic Festival in doubles and the same year won a silver medal in the Women’s PABCON team event. Miranda represented Canada at the 2017 World Games and finished in the top 16 in Singles and top 8 in Doubles. She has also won medals in the World Cup National Finals – bronze in 2014, and gold in 2017. In addition, Miranda has fared well in our Team Trials event the last three years – 3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2016, and 4th in 2017.

Isabelle Rioux
Isabelle Rioux is from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and has been on Team Canada for 15 years and a member of the youth team for one year. Isabelle has won gold at Team Trials twice – in 2008 and in 2014. She has represented Canada in many international events and has won 21 medals in those events, with the most prestigious being a silver medal in the trios event at the 2013 World Championships.

Dan MacLelland
Dan MacLelland resides in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife and daughter. He has been on Team Canada for eight years and was a member of Youth Team Canada for two years. Dan won the singles event at the 2014 World Championships. In the 2015 Pan Am Games, he won gold in the doubles event and captured bronze in the singles. And at the 2017 World Games, he captured a gold medal in the doubles event. Dan has been on the Professional Bowlers Association tour and made 14 TV Appearances. He also has two PBA Regional titles. His highest finish on the PBA Tour was the 2010 Shark Championships where he finished second. He also had a second place finish in the 2016 USBC Masters. Hometown: Windsor, Ontario.

Francois Lavoie
Francois Lavoie resides in Wichita, Kan. He has been on Team Canada since 2013 and also represented Canada on the youth team for four years. While on the youth team he won a bronze medal in singles in 2010 and a bronze medal in trios in 2013. At the 2013 combined Adult World Championships he won gold in the men’s trios. Francois won a gold medal in the 2015 Pan Am Games and also won gold in the doubles event at the 2017 World Games. In the 2017 combined World Championships he won the Masters event. Francois has also been on the PBA Tour and has three titles with the most prestigious being the U.S. Open in 2016. Francois was the first Canadian to win this event and was named PBA Rookie of the Year in 2017. Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec.

Mitch Hupé
Michel (Mitch) Hupé currently resides in Towanda, Kan. He has been on four adult and four youth teams for Canada. As a youth team member he has won several medals in various disciplines at the PABCON events. In 2016 he was part of the team that won a bronze medal in the team event at the World Youth Championships. In 2015, he was part of the Wichita State team that won the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship. In 2016 he was a member of the team that won the Regular Team title at the 113th USBC Open Championships. Mitch has also joined the PBA Tour and has some second and third place finishes in PBA Regional events. Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Zachary Wilkins
Zachary Wilkins resides in Barrie, Ontario. He has been on the Team Canada adult team for three years and also has spent two years on the youth team. In 2017, at the PABCON Championships, Zach won a gold medal in all events and a silver medal in doubles, as well as a gold medal in trios, where they set a new PABCON record score. Zach has also won the Bud Light Eliminator competition in 2015.

Herbert Bickel

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