The Panamanian bowling community mourns the loss of Eric Eduardo Lanuza (pictured). The long-time national team member, USBC Silver coach and WTBA Technical Delegate died July 2 at the age of 57.
Eric was three-time National Champion and a member of Panama's national team for 20 consecutive years (1982-2001). He participated in two WTBA World Championships, 12 Central American Championships, four Central American and Caribbean Championships, two Bolivarian Games, two South American Games, one WTBA American Zone Championship, and one Pan American Games.
He represented Panama in three QubicaAMF World Cups including a 12th place finish in Le Many, France, in 1992, the best place by a Panamanian bowler in the history of the event.
After retiring from the national team, Eric attended coaching courses from renowned bowling coaches Fred Borden and Palmer Fallgreen and became USBC Bronze coach, and then USBC Silver coach.
Eric has coached the Peru national team in 2002 & 2003, the Panama national team in 2000, 2004 and 2012 and the El Salvador national team in 2005 & 2006.
Eric was a member of the CONCECABOL and WTBA American Zone Technical Committee from 2007 until 2013. He worked together with Kegel's Mike Purdy from 2008-2012 handling lane conditions for many bowling tournaments and championships.
In addition to his wife Gigi, he is survived by his two daughters Giselle and Lizzette. He will be missed by his friends in Panama and around the world. Rest in Peace, Eric.
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