Orlando selected to host 2008 World Youth Championships


    WYC News

    Elite bowlers from approximately 50 countries to compete at Boardwalk Entertainment Center

    2008WYCLogo.jpg Boardwalk Entertainment Center, an 80-lane facility in Orlando, Fla., has been selected to host the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships, marking the first time this international tournament for elite youth bowlers will be held in the United States.

    The 10th installment of the World Youth Championships is tentatively scheduled for late July or early August 2008.

    Kevin_Dornberger_5351.jpg "Given its location as a popular vacation destination and access to a first-class bowling center, Orlando was a natural choice," said United States Bowling Congress Director of Team USA Kevin Dornberger (pictured), who anticipates participation from approximately 50 countries. "We look forward to working with Boardwalk Entertainment Center, the city of Orlando and the WTBA to make this a memorable event for everyone involved."

    Orlando is a world-class destination and its collection of theme parks including Cypress Gardens, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort as well as the the nearby Kennedy Space Center are unrivaled anywhere in the world.
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    It will be the first Federation Internationale des Quilleurs or WTBA event contested in the United States since the 1995 FIQ World Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The World Youth Championships (for national junior team members age 23 or younger) is contested every other year, with the first event held in the Philippines in 1990. The only previous time the World Youth Championships was held in North America was in 1994 when Monterrey, Mexico, served as host. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hosted in 2000.

    Past U.S. competitors at the event include notable PBA stars Tommy Jones, Kelly Kulick (first female to earn a full-season PBA exemption), Robert Smith and Patrick Healey Jr. as well as Shannon Pluhowsky (2006 USBC Queens champion), Lynda Barnes (2005 World Cup champion), Diandra Asbaty (2006 U.S. Amateur champion), Kim Terrell (nine-time professional titlist) and Liz Johnson (first female to make the TV finals of a PBA event).

    USBC Junior Team USA members are currently in Berlin, Germany, and are preparing for the 2006 World Youth Championships, which begin with Saturday's opening ceremonies and run through July 29.

    WTBA World Youth Championships

    1990 - Manila, Philippines
    1992 - Caracas, Venezuela
    1994 - Monterrey, Mexico
    1996 - Hong Kong
    1998 - Inchon, South Korea
    2000 - Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
    2002 - Pattaya, Thailand
    2004 - Tamuning, Guam
    2006 - Berlin, Germany
    2008 - Orlando, Fla., United States