Saanich bowler fourth at provincials

Emily Greig bowls at Sidney’s Miracle Lanes.

Emily Greig bowls at Sidney’s Miracle Lanes.

With a handful of 300s and a 900-triple under her belt this season, Emily Greig headed to Kamloops earlier this month to take on the best in the province.

Greig was among the 264 athletes and coaches who converged attended the 2011 Youth Bowling Canada – BC 5 Pin 4 Steps to Stardom Provincial Championships. Those who won gold moved on to nationals.

Competing in the senior singles, she finished fourth, one spot lower than her provincial bronze last year.

Greig, 18, bowls at Sidney’s Miracle Lanes each Saturday, and has been since Victoria’s bowling alley closed.

Whether biological or environmental — she’s been bowling for a decade now — Greig is geared toward the sport. Her aunt owns an alley in Calgary, her mom’s a skilled bowler and her uncle competed in his youth.

“If you go back generations, it’s always been in the family,” Greig said.

“The goal this year is to be consistent with the games,” she said. “I’m just staying calm and not overreacting.”

The lone senior from the South Island competing at the provincial level, she looks forward to connecting with her friends from Nanaimo, who make up the bulk of the Island contingent.

“Getting off the Island is nice,” Greig said with a smile. Travel is just one of the opportunities afforded her through bowling. The Spectrum grad, now a Camosun student, earned a scholarship last year.

“If you’re just looking for something to do, it’s definitely fun,” she said. “I’ve made so many friends doing this.”

B.C.s results

Bowl B.C.s youth five pin provincials senior girls singles results.

Gold – Brittany Atkinson, Port Coquiltlam, 1,257 points. Silver- Brittany Dacosta; Langley, 1,158 pts. Bronze – Darci Shelke, Prince George, 1,108 pts. Fourth – Emily Greig, Miracle Lanes, Sidney, 1,060 pts.