Canada will participate in bowling competition at XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro


    XV Pan Am Games

    By Hazel McLeary, CTF Public Relations Coordinator

    CTFLogo.jpg Canada will be one of 16 countries represented in the bowling competition at the XV Pan American Games. Competition will be held at the 16 lane Barra Bowling Arena in Rio de Janeiro, July 23-26, 2007. Competition will include men's and women's singles and doubles.

    Lynne Gauthier.jpg Kerrie_Ryan-Ciach_4871.jpg Canada's representatives are from Manitoba and Ontario. Lynne Gauthier (left), East St. Paul, and Darren Klassen, Winkler, Manitoba and Kerrie Ryan-Ciach (right) of Mississauga and Jason Kovack, Windsor, Ontario. CTF National Coach, Sandy Lowe, Lindsay, Ontario will coach the team. Hazel McLeary, Victoria, British Columbia has been appointed as a referee for the competition.

    Gauthier and Kovack were gold medalist at the 2006 National Championships. Klassen was the men's silver medalist and Ryan-Ciach, the women's bronze medalist, was named to the team when the silver medalist Caroline Lagrange, Notre-Dame de Pins, Quebec was unable to accept the assignment.

    USA will be the team to beat at the competition. The US men will be lead by Rhino Page who won three gold medals at the recent American Zone Men's Championships. Diandra Asbaty recently crowned World Ranking Champion will lead the US women.

    Bowling was a demonstration sport in 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela and became a full medal sport in Havana, Cuba in 1991.

    Canada's has earned three gold, two silver and four bronze medals in previous Pan American Games competition. Canada hosted the 1999 games in Winnipeg.