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Provincial gold for young bowler

Jacob Barrett overcomes broken finger to win championship
YBC gold Jacob Barrett
Nine-year-old Jacob Barrett won a gold medal Dec. 7 at the 2019 Dino Kids/Peewee North Provincial Championship.

WESTLOCK - Westlock Bowl keeps producing winners.

The local bowling alley has another banner to hang from its rafters after nine-year-old Jacob Barrett brought home a gold medal from the 2019 Dino Kids/Peewee North Provincial Championship held at various locations around northern Alberta Dec. 7.

Barrett joined 25 other boys his age from as far away as Lloydminster with each bowler playing on their own lanes and scores then reported to Bowl Alberta.

Barrett finished with a pins over average (POA) score of 98.

He described the experience as “awesome.”

His mom Ellen explained the POA was determined by taking the average of the players’ previous game before the championship and the game following the tournament, then comparing those to their championship score. It just so happened Barrett bowled a 205 in his previous game.

All this while overcoming an injury he suffered months before.

“The crazy thing is that in September he actually broke his pinky and needed surgery and ended up getting three pins in his finger and bowled the tournament with these three pins in his finger. He had a splint on and everything. It was pretty crazy,” said Ellen.

The Grade 4 student has only been bowling for two years and is already winning championships.

“He’s proud of himself, but he’s pretty humble about it,” said Ellen, adding that just participating in the sport has noticeably increased his confidence.

“I’ve always made my kids follow through with everything. He’s had his moments of not wanting to, but he pushes through. This is a good life lesson to show what happens when you work hard and you follow through.”

Barrett said he plans to continue bowling for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t know why I like it, it’s just fun,” he said.

While he said he enjoys bowling a lot, he has no intention of pursuing the sport as a career. Instead he wants to play professional baseball.