The 2012 Canadian Indoor Championships will start today at the Pacific Indoor Bowls Club in Vancouver, BC. The week long competition will see 9 Women and 10 Men go after the Indoor Crown. The field is set as the event will see a mix of young blood and old veterans taking to the carpet. Returning Champions Josephine Lee and Geoff Pershick will be trying to repeat as champions once again this year.
The Women’s side will be a strongly contested group as they have an experienced group on hand. Josephine returns as champion with one thought of Gold in her mind once again coming off the Mix Canadian title. Mary Wright will be close on her heals as they had a great Provincial final and the word “revenge” can be seen as she is driving to the Club. World Bowls Singles player Kelly Mckerihen made her way out from Ontario. A fan favourite, Kelly is no stranger to the carpet as she has participated in the Junior World Cup twice finishing will great records. Jean Roney comes out being the only Women outside of BC to win the Canadian Indoor title, so you can count on her to be in the hunt as she knows how it feels when you win it all. She brings Lorie Young as her teammate for the 2012 event. Claire Day from Alberta and Heather Battles of Ontario, both have experience in big events and could be a threat as well. Belle Chan, Sandy Yau and Florence Mattison round out the field for Team BC.
Geoff Pershick will be venturing out going after his 3rd straight Canadian title as he will lead the charge of experienced Men in the field. Recent Champ of Champs and National Team member Stevie Santana landed a couple hours ago and will hit the carpet in under 24 hours of traveling. Its been a long year already so far so will see if he can keep it rolling. National Seniors Champ Christie Grahame will be on the hunt for another title as well, as everyone knows he is an easy bet to be near the top of the standings. Keith Roney makes another appearance at the PIBC wearing the Green and White. While our good buddy Joe Hunts friend Gary “Mountains” Laurence also has made the trek from Saskatchewan, as he took home the Provincial Championship. While Pat Bird and Dave Cox have come back out West and from Quebec it’s Daniel Menard. The Young Guns in the Men’s field are Kody Olthof and recent WOBA Singles Champion Dylan Jacobs. The two have been on a tear as of late back East and come out here with visions of a final destination of Warilla, Australia in there head.
Good luck to all competitors!