Stuart 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.
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).
The 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.