|Full credit and gratitude to Don Sim for taking the time to search through his personal records and compile these Western Canadian champions as well as record scores in the various events.|
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A Little History
All events were 8 games total pinfall using the counter pin (left 2 pin). The “counter pin” refers to the fact that you had to knock down the left 2 pin during the frame, or the downed pins in that frame did not count.
In 1967 the Canadian Bowling Congress decided to abolish the counter pin (the left counter pin had to be knocked down to score any points). The rule change went in effect in 1968 in eastern Canada, but the Western Canada 5-pin Bowling Association rejected the change, and as a result there were no national championships until 1972 after the west accepted abolishing the counter pin. (Although some leagues continued with the counter pin system for several more years.)
For more on the History of 5 Pin Bowling
National Championship Information
- National Championships 1953 Men’s Only Events
- 1954 Full Contingent
- No National Championships from 1969 – 1971 … Provincial All Star Teams competed in Western Canada
- Zone teams consisted of 7 Ladies and 6 Men – 8 Game Total Pinfall
- Singles 5 Ladies & 5 men top 50% advance after 4 games.
- Mixed team comprised of 4 Ladies and 3 Men that also bowled on Ladies & Mens Teams.