|Posted by Dr John Aveline on March 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM|
First, my apologies for not posting for ages. I have had lots to say, but no time to say it. This was especially true at the just completed Selection Camp to determine the Canadian Bowls team who will compete in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games in July. The athletes threw a lot of high intensity, high pressure bowls over the course of 8 days, but we on the selection committee also managed to stay out of mischief. A typical day for your scribbler started at 7:00 am and ended at 12:00 midnight (the record was 1:30 am ending to the day). I'll have lots of insights to share in the near future, but I will say one or two things right here.
As Canadians and bowlers we should be so proud (and so aware) of our High Performance Squad. They paid their own way down here to Sarasota and paid for their accommodations for the right to represent their country in the top event in the Sport of Bowls. Everyone displayed true Canadian sportsmanship, dedication and determination. They also demonstrated a real desire to take their games to the next level. We selectors just watched; they performed. The way I see it: The athletes told the story, we just wrote it down.
So, in a very short time, we will hear the annoucement of the Team that will be competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Those athletes will have a lot of training and preparation to do. I congratulate every one of the 26 athletes who attended camp and showed what they had (which was a lot). I expect that whether they compete in Glasgow, or not, they will each have a banner year in 2014.