Teams on Parade

by Bob Johnson 0

28 of the 29 participating nations in the 2012 European Youth Championships took part in a brief but interesting opening ceremony on the Lovvang Bowl lanes in Aalborg Sunday evening, April 1, just one team missing, that from Turkey. That group was still on its way up from

Teams Parade

Copenhagen after a delay at home through national examinations, so all will be well on Monday morning.

The normal parade with national flags and name banners saw the group line up across 30 lanes before a few brief speeches, the first of which brought a warm welcome to Aalborg from tournament director and managing director of Lovvang Bowl, Kim Thorsgaard Jensen. He went on to introduce the president of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation, Addie Ophelders who stressed the importance of youth bowling in this age and wished them all much success in the coming week.

A grand welcome to Aalborg from Vice Mayor Mads Solver-Persersen concluded the speeches. He stated that the

Vice Mayor Solver-Pedersen

city of Aalborg are very pleased to hav e so many athletes from 29 nations participating in the Championships. He

Singer Marie Jull Sorensen

also stressed the importance of Lovvang Bowl and supported the many international events that take place on these famous lanes.

Famous Danish singer Marie Jull Sorensen sang ‘I Believe’ between speeches and the ceremony came to a conclusion exactly on 30 minutes when she sang the Danish national anthem.

Competition starts in earnest first thing Monday morning with two squads of Boys’ Doubles, held over six games. The top four teams at the end of the day will advance to play-offs for the medals on Tuesday afternoon. The girls can rest on Monday as they take to the lanes on Tuesday, also with six game blocks.

Famous trio Valgeir Gudbjartsson, Addie Opehlders and Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

 

The officials' oath by Svend Erik Larsen

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.