Over the next couple of weeks, bowling will be one of the sporting disciplines in the spotlight for The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) is preparing three teams to compete internationally – the first being the team for the 2019 World Bowling Women’s Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. That event, bowling’s most prestigious event for female athletes, is set to get underway this week. It will run from Thursday to Friday, August 30 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The best female bowlers from around the world will compete in singles, doubles, trios and five-person teams, and a team of four will represent The Bahamas.
Set to compete for The Bahamas are Cheryl Bevans, Camille Burnside, Tara Culmer and Shanta Kerr-Richardson. A Masters playoff will determine the overall champion from the event.
About 33 countries will be represented at the women’s bowling world championship, including powerhouses like the host nation the United States, Canada, Singapore, Colombia and Venezuela. Competition is expected to be extremely tough.
The four Bahamian bowlers have been practicing at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace, free of charge, for the past couple of months and all four appear to be extremely optimistic for the huge challenge ahead.
The four-member team will be coached and managed by BBF President Tyrone Knowles, and will begin competition on Saturday.
Veteran female bowlers Burnside and Culmer will lead the team, as Bevans and
Kerr-Richardson are newcomers to international competition.
“When you mention the names Shannon O’Keefe, Danielle McEwan and Missy Parkin from the United States, and Clara Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo and Maria Rodriguez from Colombia, you are talking the crème de la crème of women’s bowling,” said BBF Public Relations Officer Clayton Gardiner. “Those ladies are all professional bowlers on the pro women’s bowling tour. They are all scheduled to be in this event. Any jitters they (the Bahamian bowlers) have must not be allowed to manifest itself because they have a job to do. Coach Knowles knows that he has his work cut out for him. He must keep his team steady and focused,” added Gardiner.
Physical fitness, endurance and focus are expected to be key factors in the global event in the coming days.
“This isn’t your regular bowling league where you may bowl three games and do not have to bowl until the following week,” said Gardiner. “In this championship, you are bowling six games daily for about four days straight. That’s 24 mandatory games. Then, depending on the performance of your team, you are expected to bowl even more games if your country makes it to the playoffs. So, we wish our team well and we know that they will represent the 242 to the best of their ability.”
The championship culminates with the finals, medal ceremony and banquet on Friday, August 30. Interested persons can follow live action of the competition and the performance of the Bahamian bowlers on the website www.2019wwc.worldbowling.org.
Following the World Bowling Women’s Championship, the BBF will send a senior men and a senior women’s team to the World Bowling Senior Championships, which is set for early September in Las Vegas, Nevada.