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A 10-member bowling team is set to leave for Colombia

Published: May 16, 2013

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The Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) is pleased to announce that The Bahamas’ national bowling team leaves on Saturday, May 18, for Cali, Colombia, to attend the Concecabol Bowling Championships.

This tournament is a qualifier for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. The tournament gets started on Monday, May 20, and concludes on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The team is led by 2013 National Champions Driskell Rolle and Sonith Lockhart. Other members of the team on the ladies’ side are Xynea Johnson, Marina McClain, Camille Burnside and Jonice (Joy) Lockhart. On the men’s side, the other members of the team are David Slatter, Leonardo ‘Lee’ Davis, Mario ‘Hawk’ Brown and Ryan Davis. Paula Harts is also traveling with the team as an alternate. The team delegate is Joanne Woodside-Powell and the team coach is Kelsey Rolle.

In an interview with the captain of the team, David Slatter, he noted that he felt this “is one of the strongest if not the strongest national team ever assembled.”

He said there is a blend of experience and youth that will provide the familiarity with the pressure of international competition as well as the energy and enthusiasm of youth.

“On the ladies side, you have relative newcomers, Xynea Johnson and Driskell Rolle, bowling beside Marina, Camille and Joy who have represented The Bahamas on numerous occasions. On the men’s side, we have first-time national team member Ryan Davis, who is also our technical expert/equipment

manager, bowling beside Lee, Sonith, Mario and myself who have all been on numerous Team Bahamas campaigns.”

Slatter also noted that, “our primary objective is for our 10-person team to finish in the top 11 countries in order to qualify for the 2014 CAC Games. We will be competing against top notch teams from Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in addition to the other Central American and Caribbean teams. Also, I am confident that we will return home with one or more medals in either the singles, doubles, triples, quintets or all-events competitions.”

Slatter also noted that “Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace has been very supportive of the national team. Our high level of preparation is due in great part to their support over the last two months.”

On Monday, May 20, the singles competition will be held in the men’s and women’s divisions; the Tuesday the doubles competition will be held for men and women. On that Wednesday, the triples competition will be held for men and women; that Thursday and Friday, the quintets competition will be played by both men and women, and on that Saturday, the masters competition (top 16 men and women) will be played.

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