Canadian bowling team nominated for XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015"


    2015 Pan American Games

    2009WUSORobinOrlikowski2.jpg2013WCTriosIsabelleRioux.jpgThe Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) have announced the athletes nominated to represent Team Canada at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" in Toronto, Ont., Canada, from July 10-26.

    The ladies roster will consist of 2013 World Championship silver medalist Isabelle Rioux (pictured left) who resides in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and 2003 Pan Am Games team member Robin Orlikowski (right) from St. Catherines, Ontario who resides in Michigan.

    "It is an honor to represent Canada and I will do so with the highest respect as I always do. I am very grateful to be selected", said Rioux.

    2014MWCTriosDanMacLelland.jpg2014MWCTriosFrancoisLavoie.jpgThe Canadian men's roster features 2014 World Champion Dan MacLelland (left) from Kitchener, Ontario, 2014 USBC Intercollegiate Champion and World Champion François Lavoie (right) of Quebec City, Quebec.

    Three of the Toronto 2015 Canadian bowling team members will make their Pan Am Games debut this summer.

    "Congratulations to our bowling athletes who have made it onto the team", said Marcel Aubut, President of Canadian Olympic Committee. "What an outstanding achievement. Our history on the Pan Am bowling lanes is strong, with medals won at four of the six Games since the sport was added to the program in 1991. I look forward to cheering our bowlers on with the rest of Canada this summer in Toronto."

    To date, Canada has had solid success in bowling, winning three gold medals, three silver medals and five bronze in Pan Am Games bowling events.

    It was at Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1995 that the Canadian bowling team really made its mark with three gold medals and two bronze. Catherine Willis won the women's singles, and led her team mates Anne Saasto, Debbie Ship and Sandy Lowe to the gold in the team event.

    For the men, Bill Rowe won the men's singles title. The men's doubles team of Rowe and Marc Doi captured a bronze medal.<
    In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at the1999 Pan Am Games, Canada's team of Alan Tone, Jean Sebastian, Mathieu Chouinard, and Marc Doi won a silver medal in team event. Singles saw two bronze medals from Jennifer Willis Park and Marc Doi.

    During the games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2003, Canada won silver in the men's doubles with Danyck Briere and George Lambert IV.

    Willis Park and Caroline Lagrange captured silver and bronze, respectively, at the games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011.

    "In the past two years we have blown up our high performance program and started new", said Cathy Innes, High Performance Director, Bowling Canada. "We have already shown results on the podium and we expect the best is yet to come. The selection for Pan Am team started over two years ago and we are optimistic with the selections we have made to compete for Canada in Toronto."

    2015PanAmGamesLogo.jpgThe bowling competition of "Toronto 2015" will take place at the Pan Am Bowling Center, (Planet Bowl in Etobicoke) from July 22 to 26 featuring four events, women's singles, women's doubles, men's singles and men's doubles.

    Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With "Toronto 2015" providing a "Home Games" experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will provide a tremendous experience for Canada's high performance athletes.


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