10th World Youth Championships are underway at Boardwalk Bowl

    07/19/08

    Live Coverage

    Record 55 countries to compete at Boardwalk Entertainment Center in Orlando

    2008WYCLogo2.jpg The 10th World Youth Championships started on Friday morning 11.30 a.m. with the girls official practice at Boardwalk Entertainment Center in Orlando, Florida, United States. The boys took on the lanes at 3.00 p.m. followed by the Opening Ceremonies which ended at 7 p.m.

     After the march in from the 340 athletes, Kevin Dornberger, WTBA President and COO of the host federation, the United States Bowling Congress, welcomed the participants, coaches, officials, reporters and guests and Jose Guandique, Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) president administered the players' oath.
     The Opening Ceremonies ended with the performance of the "Percustodians" which catered to the youth bowlers as the picture proves.

    The World Youth Championships, currently for national junior team members age 23 or younger, is contested every other year. Maximum four girls and four boys per country will compete in Singles, Doubles, 4-player Team event, All Events and Masters in the 6-day competition (July 19-24).

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    2008WXCBoardwalkBowlLanes4980.jpg The 10th installment of this great biennial tournament will be staged at Boardwalk Entertainment Center, an 80-lane, split house bowling center that has hosted numerous championships as well as serving as the home center for the University of Central Florida college bowling program.

    WTBALogo_small.jpg The 2008 World Youth Championships are the biggest championship of the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) world wide in regard to participating countries and players since bowling's governing body has decided to split the men's and women's world championships in 2003.

    After Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had to withdraw due to visa problems, the 10th World Youth Championships drew 56 countries, easily breaking the record from 2006 (Berlin, 46).


    The participating countries are (in alphabetical order):



    Aruba
    Australia
    Austria
    Brazil
    Bulgaria



    Canada
    Catalonia
    Chile
    China
    Chinese Taipei



    Colombia
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Dominican Republic
    Ecuador



    Egypt
    England
    Estonia
    Finland
    France



    Germany
    Guam
    Guatemala
    Hong Kong
    Hungary



    Iceland
    Indonesia
    Ireland
    Israel
    Japan



    Kazakhstan
    Korea
    Latvia
    Macau
    Malaysia



    Mexico
    Netherlands
    Netherlands Antilles
    Northern Ireland
    Norway



    Philippines
    Poland
    Puerto Rico
    Qatar
    Russia



    Scotland
    Singapore
    South Africa
    Sweden
    Switzerland



    Ukraine
    U.S. Virgin Islands
    Venezuela
    Wales



    and the host country, the United States of America.


    Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla.



    Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., an 80-lane, split house bowling center with lanes 1-48 on one side and lnaes 49-80 on the other. The picture shows lanes 49-80. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    The main entrance of Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Click on the image to enlarge it.



    Welcome to the 10th World Youth Championships hosted by United States Bowling Congress. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    Official Practice



    Girls Official Practice. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    Girls Official Practice. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    Boys Official Practice. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    Boys Official Practice. Click on the image to enlarge it.



    L-R Stephen Padilla, WYC Scoring Manager; David Garber, WYC Host Tournament Manager; and Bryan O'Keefe, WYC Scoring Manager.



    Daniel Falconi, the Mexican standout and USBC Silver level coach is the WYC Technical Delegate, and Junior Team USA member Brigitte Harrelson.



    Just to prove it: Boardwalk Bowl with its 80 lanes is one of the biggest bowling centers in the world.



    The Boardwalk Bowl logo



    The place where all of the players from 56 countries want to be during the six-day competition: the podium for the award ceremonies of the 10th World Youth Championships.



    Almost sold out: The tournament shirts and jackets are selling like hotcakes.



    Not every snapshot can be found IN the bowling center. Click on the image to enlarge it.


    Video from the Opening Ceremonies


    Courtesy of By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications