The British Tenpin Bowling Association

The 2013 World Games

WGames2013Stuart Williams and Hayley White represent England in Cali, Columbia in the 9th World Games in August 2013.

The Games are held every four years, and in 2013 they play-out between July 15th and August 4th, with tenpin bowling elevated to the deserved status of a precision sport.  Play takes place in the Bowling and Billiards Coliseum.  We thank Alex Russell for the photographs.

Intnl. World Games website: Click this link ...    Official 2013 Website: Click this link ...    Bowling sub-site: Click this link ...


The Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Columbia

2013WGColiseumFriday, August 2nd & Saturday August 3rd - Cut Made for Top 10 Singles
Following 2 blocks of 6 qualifying squads for both the men and the women the cut to the top-10 men and top-10 women was determined.  After the first block on the Friday, Esther Cheah (MAL) led the women's first block with 1,421 ahead of Clara Guerrero (COL) on 1,392 and Aumi Guerra (DOM) on 1,357.  For the men, it was Osku Palermaa (FIN) who led the block with 1,535 over Mads Sandbeakken (DEN) on 1,443 and Dongjun Hwang (KOR) on 1,415.  England's Hayley White ended block 1 in 16th on 1,176 and Stuart Williams 11th on 1,346.
Block 2 on Saturday saw Daria Kovalova (UKR) power-in a 1,447 over Esther Cheah (MAS) on 1,333 and Clara Guerroro (COL) on 1,327 for the women, and Hsing-Chao Cheng (TPE) top the block on 1,457, ahead of Dongjun Hwang (KOR) on 1,444 and Ma Dias Zoe (CHN) on 1,419 for the men.  England's Hayley White ended block 2 in 17th on 1,217 and Stuart Williams maintain 11th on 1,367.
Combining the singles and the mixed doubles scores for an "all-events" total, Hayley completed her 2013 World Games in 15th with 3,648 (199.4) and Stuart in 11th with 4,027 (226.1) just 31 pins from qualifying.
The round-robin for the top-10 each of the men and women plays Sunday, August 4th.  For the mens qualification table  click here and for the womens click here.

2013WGFaganKulickThursday, August 1st - USA defeat Canada in Mixed Doubles Finals, England 12th
After 6 games of qualifying, the top-3 teams in the mixed doubles bowled-out a step-ladder finals for the title of World Games 2013 Mixed Doubles Champions.  With Lynne Gauthier/Dan Maclelland (CAN) leading the table with 2,741 pins (456.8 avg), the first step ladder match was between Mexico (Sandra Gongora/Alejandro Cruz) in third (2,667 / 444.5) and Kelly Kulick/Mike Fagan of the USA in second (2,703 / 450.5).
The semifinals saw the USA comfortably defeat Mexico 510-413, but they were temporarily halted by Canada in the first game of the finals, loosing game 1 400-409, but they recovered quickly in game 2 defeating Canada 505-462 to end the finals 905-871 winners.
England's Stuart Williams and Hayley White finished qualification mid-table in twelfth place with 2,569 (428.2 avg -172).


Stu and Hayley will start with the mixed doubles (qualification through to medals ceremony) on Thursday August 1st, and two blocks of singles qualification on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd, culminating in 10 rounds of Round Robin for the top-10 qualifiers.  The finals and the medals ceremony follow in the evening.

Local time in Cali is GMT -5 hours, or currently 6 hours behind English summer time. 


Thursday August 1st: mixed doubles qualification begins 08:45am (2:45pm UK), with the semi-finals and finals starting at 4:00pm (10:00pm UK).  The medals ceremony will be 5:45pm (11:45pm UK).  The doubles will be played on WTBA Athens (40ft) and Stu has hinted that the lanes are playing tight, and that scoring potential is high.  Hayley is finding a little surface to open followed quite soon to a smoother surface as the line dries is key.  Stu and Hayley will start their qualifying block as 12:30pm (6.30pm UK).

Friday August 2nd: women's singles block 1 starts 8:45am (2:45pm UK) and men's at 12:30pm (8.30pm UK).

Saturday August 3rd: women's singles block 2 starts 8:45am (2:45pm UK) and men's at 12:30pm (8.30pm UK).

Sunday August 4th: the finals day start at 8:45am (2:45pm UK) and continues through to the medals ceremony at approximately 4:15pm (10L15pm UK).

CaliBowlingColiseumThe Bowling and Billiards Coliseum: Located on the Alberto Galindo Sports Unit this coliseum stands beside the Coliseum of El Pueblo, the Alcides Nieto Patiño Velodrome, and the Cañaveralejo Bull Fighting Ring.  

Before the National Games in 2008, the Coliseum was a practical scenario for the Vallecaucana League of Basketball and Judo.  However, due to the need to preserve a place to play professional bowling and billiard and to make way for the realization of this event, this place was remodeled and suited for these disciplines.

The Bowling Coliseum has been completely modernized: 4 tracks to reach a peak of 20 automatic tracks, bleachers, administrative areas, cafeterias, medical areas, PRM accessibility, green areas, and parking, its implementation was renewed, the results software was updated, etc. As a result, it now complies with all technical standards to carry out any international event. This scenario is the first of its kind in the city, being public and generating professional and recreational development of this discipline.

For The World Games 2013, housing and enclosure of the coliseum were improved, the air conditioning was installed, and the physical part of the lounges and 4 lines more were built for bowling.



The British Tenpin Bowling Association

c/o Newton Magnus Ltd.

Arrowsmith Court, Station Approach

Broadstone, Dorset.  BH18 8AT.

Regd. Office and postal address only

Telephone: 020 8478 1745