For four generations, the Bull family has enjoyed bowling success and at the recent B.C. Ten Pin Provincial tournament, 11-year-old Cally Bull kept that tradition alive.
Winning eight out of 10 games, Bull became bantam girls singles provincial champion in her first-ever competitive bowling tournament and heads to Winnipeg to represent B.C. at Canadian Youth Championships, May 19 to 22.
Bull practiced at her home centre Langford Lanes after school every Monday to get ready for the tournament. Her work on picking up spares, in particular, proved valuable at the provincials, she said.
She is very excited to head to Winnipeg, both for the bowling and for the trip itself – it’ll be the first time she has flown.
Watching his daughter compete in provincials took Dan Bull back to his youth and the fond family memories he has from it.
Cally winning a provincial title brought a tear to Dan’s eye despite his best efforts, he said, and led to a lot of celebration once he passed the good news on to the family’s other bowlers.
The bantam champion’s success means a lot to more than just her family, however. Langford Lanes Youth League coach Brad Macdonald said Bull is the first provincial champion to come out of the league in nearly a decade.
The league typically has 25 to 30 youth registered and sent five others to the provincials along with Bull. Macdonald said there is always room for more bowlers, noting the league is aiming to grow next season, which begins just after Labour Day.
Youth aged five to 21 are welcome to join, and a week-long free trial is available to allow people to try out the sport.