The 2012 World Lawn Bowling Championships are being held in Adelaide, Australia with 28 nations from around the globe competing in Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours disciplines over 16-days. Canada has sent over five men and five women to compete in these Championships, from across the country. Canada's young guns, Kelly Mckerihen (26) Toronto, ON and Ryan Bester (28) of Hanover, ON have moved into position to strike Gold at the World Championships.
Kelly Mckerihen has taken the World Lawn Bowling Championships by storm as yesterday she defeated Ireland in the Quarter Finals to continue her bid for the World Lawn Bowling singles title. She will now take on World #1 Val Smith of New Zealand in the Semi-Finals to try and book her spot in the Gold Medal Final Dec. 9th. Having won this game Kelly has guaranteed herself a Bronze medal, which is the first in Canadian history at this event.
Kelly who hails from Toronto is a member of a Lawn Bowling family, where her Father Steve Mckerihen is a multiple National Champion and International medalist for Canada. Sister Lisa won a Canadian Championship last year and competed at the North American Championship in Victoria, BC in Sept this year where the Canadians beat the Americans in all events. Youngest brother Adam won a Canadian title earlier this year in Montreal.
Earlier this week the Men's Pairs completion, the team of Ryan Bester (28) Hanover, ON and John Bezear (32) Kitchener, ON won Canada's first medal of the tournament. Bester and Bezear went 10-1 during section play to reach the semi- finals only to lose to a powerful Australian team to finish with the Bronze medal.
Ryan Bester has also made his way to the playoffs as he went 11-0 through section play to book his spot in the Semi-Finals. Ryan is a combined 21-2 through these Championships, which is outstanding. He will play South Africa tomorrow to try and make his way to his second World Title. Bester at the age of 19 won the 2004 World Pairs title in Ayre, Scotland with Saskatchewan's Keith Roney. Bester's resume is filled with Championships and is one of Canada's most decorated lawn bowlers of all-time.
These are all signs that the game is changing to younger demographics, as the average age at the World Championships is around 30 years old. The commonwealth countries are dominant in Lawn Bowling but Canada has been improving its status throughout the years and the country has developed a crop of good young talent.