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Experience of a lifetime for Grand Falls-Windsor bowlers

From left, coach Karen Cater, Kierra Bungay, Dana Cater, Brittany Fitzpatrick and Danielle Arch of Grand Falls-Windsor represented central and won bronze at the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games last week in Deer Lake.
From left, coach Karen Cater, Kierra Bungay, Dana Cater, Brittany Fitzpatrick and Danielle Arch of Grand Falls-Windsor represented central and won bronze at the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games last week in Deer Lake. - Submitted

Female team brings home the bronze

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – The female bowling team from Grand Falls-Windsor brought home bronze from the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Deer Lake last week.

“The competition was really tough so it was really awesome to be right in there,” said coach Karen Cater.

The central female team of Kierra Bungay, Dana Cater, Danielle Arch and Brittany Fitzpatrick was selected from an open roll-off about three weeks before the Winter Games. Since only four bowlers showed up for the process, they all got to go.
“They are all in YBC at Exploits Lanes so we bowl together every Sunday, and the last couple of weeks we had them do extra practices together as a team and worked on end pins and strikes and bowling etiquette,” Cater said.

The team was amazing, their coach said. In the playoffs the central ladies defeated Mount Pearl 5-2 and lost 6-1 to the Western Ladies, who went on to defeat St. John’s for the gold.

“Everybody just stepped up,” Cater said. “We are all so pleased and so proud.

The games overall were fantastic, she said, adding everyone was making friends, congratulating each other and showing true sportsmanship the entire time.

“It was wonderful,” she said, adding the people of Deer Lake also went above and beyond for them.

“We had a great experience,” she said. “Time of our life.”

This was her daughter Dana Cater’s second Winter Games experience as the bowler, who has been playing the game for 10 years, competed in the 2014 Winter Games in Clarenville.

The 17-yaer-old said the team certainly isn’t complaining about the bronze medal this year.

“We were happy enough just to be able to go and play,” Dana said. “(The games) were absolutely amazing. I had so much fun. Before we went we were just like a team, but when we were over there we became like a family.”

The boys’ team from Grand Falls-Windsor representing central at the Winter Games didn’t medal, placing fourth overall in the end; but considering only two of four teammates were actually bowlers, they didn’t fare too badly.

David Fisher and Isaac Reid have many years of bowling under their belts, but friends Alex Lujan and Sterling Olson, who stepped up to fill the empty spots after a couple of players couldn’t attend, were brand new to the game.

“For the boys who competed, Isaac and David both worked hard practicing and getting ready for the Winter Games,” coach Robert Fisher said, adding the two new players were able to dive right in and gain this experience.

“I’m proud of my boys,” Coach Robert Fisher said. “We did well.”

All of the boys bowled 12 games total over two days.

The two new bowlers actually have since decided to join bowling, which was another plus, 13-year-old Reid said.

Reid said he enjoyed the good competition, meeting new friends and learning good sportsmanship.

“Even though they didn’t win, they got to have the experience of a lifetime and cheer the female team to a bronze medal,” Fisher said. “Both Karen and I are very proud of how hard all the boys and girls worked to get to the games and at their sportsmanship. I am certain that they have created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

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