United States to host 2008 World Youth Championships


    United States

    Location and dates to be announced in upcoming months

    USBCLogoRed.jpg 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 United States Bowling Congress is pleased to have the opportunity to host the 2008 World Youth Championships," USBC Chief Executive Officer Roger Dalkin said. "This event reinforces our emphasis on growing youth in our great sport and demonstrates to the world the importance this country places on the next generation of bowlers."

    The World Youth Championships (for national junior team members age 23 or younger) is contested biannually, with the first event held in the Philippines in 1988. The only previous time the World Youth Championships were held in a North American country was in 1994 when Monterrey, Mexico, served as host. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hosted in 2000.

    USBC Junior Team USA 2006 members will compete at the 2006 World Youth Championships, scheduled for July 19-30 in Berlin, Germany.

    At the 2004 World Youth Championships in Guam, Jen Petrick led Junior Team USA's effort of eight medals - the most among the 29 countries competing - with four of her own, including the Masters gold medal.

    The United States has earned 56 medals throughout World Youth Championships history (16 gold, 26 silver and 14 bronze). Past U.S. competitors include Tommy Jones, Kim Terrell, Lynda (Norry) Barnes, Robert Smith, Pat Healey Jr., Liz Johnson, Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty, Kelly Kulick, Justin Hromek, Donna DiTrani, Tammy Turner, Mike Mullin, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Derek Sapp and David Haynes.