2023 Canadian Championships Set to Begin
The 2023 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships are set to begin at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowls Club in Victoria, BC. The event features men’s and women’s singles from August 18-21, followed by men’s and women’s pairs and fours from August 22-26.
Defending champion Pat Bird (AB) will be looking to defend his title in a competitive men’s field. Bird will be using this event as a warm-up before heading to Australia for the 2023 World Bowls Champion of Champions event he qualified for by winning the 2022 Canadian Singles title. His path to a 2023 repeat won’t be easy as last year’s bronze medalist Mike McNorton will be eager to climb higher on the podium. 2015 champion John Bjornson will be looking to find his way back to the top, as will 2022 men’s pairs gold medalists Steve Ogden and Stephen Bezanson (NS). With a tough field of 24 men, the finals on August 21st should be quite the show.
There will be a new Women’s Singles champion, as defending champ Jordan Kos (SK) will be in Australia preparing for the 2023 World Championships. Fresh off her Under 18 championship title, Alberta’s Kiera Schaelow will be looking to prove she can play with those over the age of 18 as well. 2022 Singles silver medalist Jan Robinson will be eager to move one step up the podium, although 2014 Singles champion Jean Roney might have something to say about it. With many new faces entering this event, there are plenty of wildcards who could turn the tables in the women’s singles.
Elizabeth Cormack and Chrystal Shephard (ON) will be looking to defend their title in Victoria in an almost unrecognizable field: Jennifer MacDonald (AB), Betty Van Walleghem (MB) and Karen Schlotter (SK) are the only returning participants from the 2022 women’s pairs field, all of whom have different partners this time around. Time will tell if the change in players will have an impact on Cormack and Shephard as they look to repeat their win.
Reigning 2022 champions Steve Ogden and Stephen Bezanson (NS) will be looking to repeat as gold medalists on the men’s side. Standing in their path will be Kin On Lau and Kin Sing Sum (BC) who frequently make an appearance at the nationals. John Devlin and Gilles Cayer (QC) will be making a return visit to the big stage after several years away, as will Mark Bieman and Wayne Hossack (NB). The 10-team field is set, with 8 provinces vying for the title.
Pat Bird, Francis Standen, Mike O’Reilly and Jon MacDonald (AB) will look to reclaim gold after their 2022 victory in men’s fours. Silver medalists Braeden Campbell, Raymond MacDonald, John Siteman and Liam Campbell (NS) will be eager for revenge, while Saskatchewan’s Jon Pituley will be looking to add to his ever-increasing medal count alongside his father Murray Pituley, and brothers Carter and Brandon Watson.
The 2022 women’s fours champions will be returning with a slight modification: Tammy Foster-Veinot, Jackie Foster, and Lorraine Bezanson (NS) have brought along Ann Marie Siteman to replace Debbie Foster. Nova Scotia isn’t the only women’s team to have made a slight adjustment: Ontario’s Cindy Higgins, Manitoba’s Brenda Frank, and Alberta’s Pauline Wong have all swapped out one player from their 2022 squads. While these 4 teams have made some adjustments, the rest of the field will be keen to prove their mettle.
Singles play begins August 19th with the finals on August 21st. Pairs and Fours play begins August 23rd, with the finals wrapping up on August 26th.
For standings and results: https://bowlscanada.com/en/championship/2023-canadian-lawn-bowling-championships/
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