Canadian bowling team filled with medal threats
Orlikowski lone member with Games experience
Canada's Pan Am bowling team is littered with talented athletes, though short on Games experience.
The four-person squad was unveiled Tuesday by the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Tenpin Federation ahead of the July 10-26 event in Toronto.
Gearing up for their Pan Am debuts are 2014 world champion Dan MacLelland, 2014 USBC Intercollegiate champion Francois Lavoie and 2013 world championship medallist Isabelle Rioux. Robin Orlikowski rounds out the squad and returns after representing Canada at the 2003 Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic.
Canada has won three gold medals, three silver and five bronze since bowling was introduced at the Pan Am Games in 1991. Only the United States (30 medals) and Mexico (14) have won more.
Jennifer Park was the most recent Canadian bowler to reach the podium, winning a silver medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
MacLelland, 30, joined the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour in 2009 and has won two regional titles. The Windsor, Ont., native has bowled for 26 years, carries a 245 average and 65 times has rolled a perfect 300 game. MacLelland has bowled a three-game series of 800 or better 40 times, with a high series of 855.
The 22-year-old Lavoie from Quebec City has been a member of the Canadian men's team since 2013 and previously was a Youth Canadian national champion in 2009 and 2012. Nicknamed Frankie, Lavoie is in his fourth season on the Wichita State University team in Kansas and says he averages about 230 a game. He was an intercollegiate singles champion in 2014.
Rioux, 38, hails from Trois-Rivieres, Que., and has bowled for 21 years. A 12-time Team Canada member, including 11 years with the adult squad, Rioux has earned 15 medals in international competition and competed at eight world championships. She carries a 223 average and has bowled a 300 game 14 times.
Orlikowski is a 23-year veteran bowler from St. Catharines, Ont., who carries a 217 average. The 35-year-old has won several medals as a youth and adult bowler for Canada and was named its top bowler in 2001, 2008 and 2008. Orlikowski's serious collection of hardware began in 1998 when she was named 1998 rookie of the year at Morehead State University in Kentucky.