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Some reflections on the CWG Selection Camp

Posted by Dr John Aveline on March 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Now that the time flip from Florida to B.C. has mostly been absorbed, I have the time to share a few reflections and tidbits from the Commonwealth Games Team Selection Camp.  In no particular order:

+ For those who wanted to follow the results of the matches between Canada and Scotland, officially there weren't any.  It was part of my life-long learning curve that World Bowls get a licencing fee for any International Competition, including officially sanctioned Test Matches.  The fee is in the $1,000's (don't know exactly how many).  Also, since the matches were being played in the U.S., the host nation might have felt a bit slighted at not being invited or involved.  So the matches were 'unofficial'.  They still mattered, but they were part of each team's selection process and so were like the inter-squad games that an NHL team will play during the pre-season.

+ Having said that, the selectors certainly kept tabs on how the athletes performed and I can tell you that the first win on the women's side was picked up by 18 year old Pricilla Westlake who defeated Lauren Baillie 21-19 in singles in round #2.  Impressive debut in only her second international match (her first was leading in the pairs for Mary Ann Beath and was a competitive 17-19 loss).

+ Everyone had a least one very impressive match and one struggle.  The biggest result was Kevin Jones 21-8 defeat of Alex Marshall.  Big Kev is very motivated to compete for Canada.

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