May 28, 2002:
Guay, Johnson Loyer Lead Team Canada
05/28/2002 - Bowling Newsline
American Bowling Congress member Jack Guay, Calgary, Alberta, and Women's International Bowling Congress member Julie Johnson Loyer, Lasalle, Quebec, earned gold medals in the 2002 Canadian Tenpin Federation team trials May 20 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Loyer is a former Team Canada member and won the bronze medal at the 2000 team trials. Guay was the alternate at the 2000 trials and has represented Canada at three AMF World Cups.
Fred Phillips, London, Ontario, and Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen who works for the Young American Bowling Alliance in Milwaukee, earned silver medals. They finished third and second, respectively, in 2000. Crawford won a gold medal at the 2001 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships.
The event featured 123 of the premier tenpin bowlers from across Canada. Three bowling centers, Rev's Holdom, Zone and Xcalibur, hosted the competition, which was contested on the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling condition.
Eight men and women -- the top six scorers plus two named by the selection committee -- were named to the Canadian Tenpin Federation national adult team. International competition during 2003 will include the FIQ World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October.
Bronze medalists were Jennifer Willis, Duncan, British Columbia, and Danyck Briere, Lachine, Quebec. Willis, a three-time national team member, won the women's gold at the 2000 trials and earned the silver all events medal for Canada in Argentina. Briere, also a three-time national team member, earned the gold medal in men's singles competition at the 2001 FIQ American Zone Championships in Argentina. He broke a singles record of 1,419 that had stood since 1989 by rolling 1,428 for six games.
For the women, Lynne Gauthier and Sharon Tataryn, Winnipeg, Manitoba, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Kellie Hildebrandt, Calgary, Alberta, was sixth. Erin Quinn, Calgary, and Manon Deseranno, Fabreville, Quebec, were added to the team by the selection committee.
Deserrano was the alternate in 2000 and Quinn was a member of the 1998 youth team.
Completing the men's team were: Ontario bowlers Jason Kovack, Windsor; George Lambert IV, Stoney Creek; and Ray Vervynck, Whitby.
Lambert was the gold medalist in 2000 and Vervynck is a former team member. Mathew Chouinard, St. Hilarion, Quebec and Todd Squire, St. Catharines, Ontario, were added by the selection committee. Chouinard is a former national team member and Squire represented Canada at the 2000 AMF World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal.
Each player bowled two 12-game blocks at different centers on the first two days of competition. After 24 games, the field was cut to the top 36 men and top 36 women. Those bowlers faced 11 match play games in groups of 12 plus a position round against the field. A further cut to 18 in each division was made for the final day and another round of 11 matches plus a position round against the field, determined the final six.
Of the 123 bowlers who competed in the trials, 47 qualified to compete for a spot on the national youth team. Those competing at the World Youth Championships that will be held Aug. 4-11 in Thailand had to be under age 23 on Jan. 1, 2002.
The top four young men and women who met the age eligibility earned the right to represent Canada in Thailand. Crawford earned the gold medal for the youth women and Lambert won for the youth men. Quinn and Chouinard won the silver. Diane Nackonechny, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Steve MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, earned the bronze. Completing the team are Caroline Lagrange, Notre Dame-Des Pins, Quebec, and Chris Clerke, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.