Canadian Junior Championships
The Canadian under 18 championships, sponsored by Cobourg’s MVP Sports were held in Saskatoon between August 4th and 6th and Ben and Baylee van Steijn were making their first appearance at national level. This was a tough challenge for both of them with the boys having to play nine round robin games over three days and the girls playing five games. At the end of Day 1 Ben was 3-0 and Baylee 1-1. However the second day proved more difficult and Ben was unable to record another win. He recovered well on the third day to finish with two wins and a 5-4 record which was not quite enough to get into the medal round and he finished fifth overall. Baylee finished her round robin with a 2-3 record which was good enough to get her into the bronze medal game. Unfortunately she lost 21-16 in very wet and difficult conditions but still finished the championship in fourth place. By finishing fourth she also qualified for the inaugural Canadian youth development squad for the next year. This was an excellent performance by both players and the experience will serve them well as they move forward in their lawn bowling careers.
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