Gerrard competes at National Bowling Championship



Emma Gerrard (third from right) was one of the bowlers that represented Manitoba at the Canadian Youth Challenge Bowling Championship.

By Eoin Devereux

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Neepawa’s Emma Gerrard has closed out a solid year of five-pin bowling with an impressive performance at the national competition in Ottawa. Gerrard was one of six members of Team Manitoba at the Canadian Youth Challenge Bowling Championship.

The competition began with every province and the Northwest Territories playing one another during the round robin. Team Manitoba put in a valiant effort, but came out of that section of the week with a 0-10 record. Those results placed the province in the consolation bracket, where they ultimately finish in sixth spot. Gerard played in eight of the ten preliminary matchup, earning a pin average of 175.75 and a high score of 273. In the consolation round, she played five of six of the games and average a score of 168 with a high score of 235.

As for top prize, the team from Alberta claimed victory by going 5-1 in the championship bracket. Quebec finished second, with Newfoundland and Labrador picking up third place.  The Canadian Youth Challenge Championship is a national event sanctioned by the Canadian Five Pin Bowlers’ Association.