St. Bernard bowlers win provincials, headed to nationals in Winnipeg

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
Published on February 28, 2014

Members of the Alley 4 Bowling Youth Center Makayla Addington, Tyler Thibodeau and Cassidy Cormier of the St. Bernard house are competiting in the Canadian National 5 Pin Bowling Championships in Winnipeg May 2-5.

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Three youth from from St. Bernard have won gold at the provincial championships and will represent Nova Scotia at nationals in Winnipeg.

Makayla Addington, Cassidy Cormier and Tyler Thibodeau of the Alley 4 Bowling Youth Center in St. Bernard won gold at the provincial championships in Greenwood on Feb. 22 to advance to the Canadian National 5 Pin Bowling Championships in Winnipeg May 2-5.

Claudette Gavel, coach and owner of Alley 4 Bowling said bowlers competed in house before moving on to provincials.

 “There are three age groups for youth bowling, bantam ages 5-11, junior ages 12-15 and senior ages 16-19,” said Gavel.  “Our house has 11 bowlers and the in house winners advanced against bowlers from Shelburne, Greenwood and Halifax.”

Addington who bowls in the junior class competed against a challenger from Halifax.

“You bowl five strings against your opponent and each string has 10 frames with your total points at the end determining the winner,” said Addington.

“I was ahead by five going into the last string but after six frames she was ahead by three.”

Addington said she stayed calm and focused on her game.

“I had five strikes in the last four frames and outscored my opponent 271-171,” she said. “I was pretty excited when the game was over.”

This will be Addington’s fifth time at nationals with a sixth, eighth, tenth and fourth place finish and she says she would really like to bring home a medal this time.

Cassidy Cormier, a senior bowler  had no in house competition but was required to roll off in order to enter provincials with a score.

“I went head to head with a girl from the city and even though I started off a bit slow my game picked up and I won by a comfortable margin,” Cormier said. “It felt good to win, I was pumped.”

Cormier competed at nationals as a junior in 2009 finishing tenth.

Tyler Thibodeau is the second senior bowler to advance to nationals winning over an opponent from Greenwood for the gold medal.

“Saturday was not my best day bowling but it was good enough for the win,” said Thibodeau. “I’m hoping to bring home a medal but I know the competition will be really tough.”

“Nova Scotia sends a contingent of six competitors, a boy and a girl from each class and two coaches to nationals and it is exciting to have half the team from the St. Bernard house,” said Gavel, who will be one of the coaches. “The two bantam members advancing are from Shelburne and the other junior bowler is also from Shelburne.”

Gavel said there are over 20 000 youth involved in 5-pin bowling across Canada and each province and territory participates so competition at Nationals is quite tough.

 “Last year Nova Scotia won a bronze medal and Alley 4 Bowling has brought home three silver medals since 2003,” he said.