Going for gold


21 October 2019 | Sports

Diana Viljoen and Carel (Cabous) Olivier will travel on Thursday to Adelaide, Australia where they will represent Namibia in the World Singles Champion of Champions Tournament at the Adelaide Bowling Club from 28 October to 3 November.

There are 26 countries competing in the men’s section, and 21 countries competing in the women’s section.

Unlike the usual format for singles where the first to score 21 shots wins, these games are played in two sets of 9 ends.
If both players win a set, they play a tie break of 3 ends and the person with the most shots in the tie break is the winner.

Both the men’s and the women’s competitions will be played on a round robin basis in two sections. The winner of each section will go through to the semi-finals, while the second and third place finishers in each section will be randomly drawn to play off for the remaining two places in the semi-final.

Cabous, who is a member of Namib Park Bowling Club, represented Namibia at this tournament in 2017, when it was held at St John’s Park Bowling Club in New South Wales, Australia and finished seventh in his section.

Because it was his first time playing in this competition, it was quite a challenging experience. He had no expectations.
“This time I’ll be going for gold. We will be playing in sets of two so obviously my main focus will be to secure that first set, which will definitely relieve some of the pressure going into the last set. My main objective will just be to enjoy it and play some good bowls.”

Diana, a member of Rossmund Bowling Club, has qualified five times for this tournament but, due to financial restraints competed only once, in 2010 in Norfolk Island.

She travelled alone on that occasion but this year will be accompanied by her manager which is her sister, Bianca Lewis.

“This way I can concentrate on the bowls while all the other arrangements can be done by the manager. At the same time I will also have some moral support.”

When asked if she had a definite game plan, Diana said she will take it set for set and hope to stay out of the tie-breakers.

“Every participant is its countries champion so I expect fierce competition.”

The President of the Namibia Bowling Association, Ewald Vermeulen, on behalf of the NBA wished the duo a safe journey and the best of bowling.

“We know they will make Namibia proud.”

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