Youth bowl­ing on the come­back

Kapuskasing Northern Times - - FRONT PAGE - KYLE LINCEZ klincez@post­media.com

Kapuskasing will soon be see­ing a re­newed Youth Bowl­ing Club as rec­og­nized bowl­ing coach Lor­raine Peters will be re­turn­ing to lend her skills to teach­ing the youth the sport.

Be­gin­ning with reg­is­tra­tion on Sept. 11 at 6 pm, the pro­gram will be a house league that will see youth play once a week.

“They will be play­ing ev­ery Mon­day from 5:30 to 7,” Peters said. “Ban­tam will play two games, while Ju­niors and Se­niors will play three.”

Also in­cluded will be a va­ri­ety of tour­na­ments across the year with the op­por­tu­nity to head out of town.

“We play in house, with tour­na­ments along the way, bring a buddy, fam­ily two­some, and in Jan­uary we group them up in their age groups, male/fe­male, and then we have a com­pe­ti­tion house league, and then we bring them out of town, so we ad­vance to the zone, then provin­cials, then to na­tion­als hope­fully.”

Peters said the pro­gram was open to all youth aged 4 to 18.

“Its harder to get the se­niors in here but you never know,” she said. “We have one, but if we can make a team it’d be even bet­ter. My pop­u­lar age group is 10, but we’ll bring in 4 years old no prob­lems there.”

Cost for the reg­is­tra­tion will be $40 for the year, with ad­di­tional fees of $4 per game with shoes in­cluded ev­ery week.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re ath­let­i­cally in­clined or not, bowl­ing is a sport about self­im­prove­ment and it is my job to make sure that they achieve their goals,” she said. “I teach them the tech­nique, the prac­ti­cal, and ev­ery­thing else that they need to know and I try to push them into achiev­ing their to­tal per­sonal best. They work as a team, yet win or lose all of them are winners in my book.”

When asked what brought her back to the sport, Peters said she was en­cour­aged af­ter suc­cess­fully help­ing a friend’s child last year.

“I took ill and so I was off the mark for about ten years, and I didn’t think I would be able to come back, but last year my friend told me that their kids were in bowl­ing and hav­ing a hard time, so I popped in and guided them and next thing you know she won in Kap and then ad­vanced to the provin­cials in just a short time frame, so I caught the bug.”

Her goal, she said, was to see the sport re­turn to its for­mer glory in Kapuskasing.

“I want to bring bowl­ing to where it used to be, youth bowl­ing, mixed league, ladies league, mens league, lets try and bring the sport back to where it used to be for the lit­tle town of Kapuskasing,” she said. “I’m chal­leng­ing also my old coaches if they want to vol­un­teer to come and help me out to see what we can do with the kids, as well as chal­leng­ing all of my old YBC bowlers that are now par­ents of their own. So I’m chal­leng­ing them to come and reg­is­ter their kids so they can have the same ex­pe­ri­ence that they had in the pro­gram.”

If any­one is in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing the pro­gram, con­tact North Side Lanes at 705335-8655.

“I’d like to thank Mona Car­riere the pro­pri­etor and So­phie Ethier, my vice,” Peters said. “We work as a team so that it is all good for the kids.”

Reg­is­tra­tion will be held on Sept. 11, 6 pm at North Side Lanes.

TIMES PHOTO/KYLE LINCEZ

Kapuskasing will soon be see­ing a re­newed youth bowl­ing club with reg­is­tra­tion be­gin­ning on Sept. 11. Pic­tured is coach Lor­raine Peters, So­phie Ethier, and North Side Lanes owner/ op­er­a­tor Mona Car­riere.

Lor­raine Peters as­sist­ing Ni­co­las Ethier in mak­ing the per­fect throw.

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