The 2014 Canadian Team Trials, presented by the Canadian Tenpin Federation at the Planet Bowl in Toronto, showcased two of Québec’s most talented bowlers: David Simard and Isabelle Rioux.
They both conquered the Gold. On top of that, Simard was crowned Champion for the third straight year and Rioux finished first for the second time in her long and prolific career with the National Team.
“My goal was to win,” says the Trifluvienne. “It makes me feel good to get the results and see that hard work, sacrifices and commitment paid off. This Canadian championship has been the most difficult I have ever experienced, but the most gratifying though.” After the first day, Isabelle let Manitoba’s favourite Lynne Gauthier the first place. However, she took the lead the next day and never looked back. She bowled 1287 on the medium pattern and 1221 on the long. The 11 other participants tried to beat Rioux during the finals, but the champion’s finesse helped her to master the dual-lane condition and bowled clean games.
As for the Granbyen, he can not hide the fact that he wanted to win a third-straight: “I was confident I could do it again,” states Simard. “This title is really special.” Even after a couple of days back home, doing business at his two pro shops in Granby and Iberville, David just cannot believe it yet: “I am so proud of what I achieved considering I did not bowl great the first two days.” After the first day, he was sitting 11th with a deficit of 204 points behind the leader. Same scenario occurred on the second day as he was 10th, 200 points short of being at the top. However, on the long pattern, David let it loose and fired strikes like no others. He shot 1470 (245-average) and succeeded in getting the lead over Graham Fach by 54 points. And, during the finals, David fought all day as the last ball of the competition determined the gold and silver: he got it by 4 points. “It was the most difficult tournament to win. It was filled with ups and downs. It’s always with great pleasure and pride that you win a championship like this one.”
Isabelle and David are close friends and they really like each other: “It’s an honour and privilege to share this title with such a good friend and training partner,” states the Queen. As for the King, he says that “it’s very special to share this with Isabelle who is a great friend and partner on the lanes, but also a terrific bowler.”
The two Québécois has represented Storm and Roto Grip for several years and they feel honoured to be a part of the family and roll the best bowling balls in the industry. They also shared their success with their lifemate, Luke Doucet and Marie-Ève Robertson. “Luke is an exceptional husband, man and coach,” says Rioux. You must know that Luke is one of Québec’s aces in the bowling industry and that he gives Isabelle the best tips one could ask for. He even played a role is David’s training prior to the Trials and shared his thoughts on how to play the lanes and adjust the surfaces during the tournament. As for Marie-Ève, she is always there to support his man when he steps on the lanes “especially during these events where emotions are challenged more than once!”
They want to thank the Quillorama Trois-Rivières (Isabelle) and the Quillorama Granby / Boulevard des Quilles Iberville (David) to let them bowl as much as they want and need to. Finally, they thank Buffa Bowling for their support.
Isabelle will wear the Canadian flag for the 12th time in her career (1 Junior Team and 11 Adult Team) and David will represent Canada for the 6th time (1 Junior Team and 5 Adult Team).