Abbotsford bowlers qualify for nationals

Bantam competitors Nick Poznekoff and Austin Byers off to Calgary in May

Bowler Nick Poznekoff displays his provincial gold medal. He and teammate Austin Byers head to Calgary for Nationals in May.

Bowler Nick Poznekoff displays his provincial gold medal. He and teammate Austin Byers head to Calgary for Nationals in May.

For the first time in club history, Galaxy Bowl is sending a pair of Bantam bowlers to the national championships.

Bowlers Nick Poznekoff and Austin Byers punched their ticket to nationals after taking home top spot at the provincials in Kamloops on March 5.

The pair played a total of four games apiece at provincials, and their combined score was tops in the province.

Back in February, the pair won five-pin regionals to advance to the tournament in Kamloops.

Poznekoff, 11, is a student at Dr. Thomas A. Swift Elementary and said he first got into the game at the tender age of four.

“It’s not super stressful and is a lot of fun,” he said, of the sport. “It’s also a great way to meet new friends.”

Byers, 9, attends school at Bradner Elementary and first got into bowling when he was seven.

The pair were put together earlier this year, and earned their chance to represent Galaxy Bowl after being ranked the top two boys in the Bantam division.

“Galaxy Bowl has never had a Bantam team in nationals before so this is a very exciting opportunity for our team of two bowlers,” said coach Gene Latray.

“It means a lot for the club and for the kids.”

Poznekoff and Byers practise once a week, but will increase their time in the lanes in preparation of nationals.

The duo head to nationals in Calgary from May 7 to 9.

They compete against teams from each province in Canada at the event.

For more information on the club, visit galaxybowl.ca.

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