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Shania Caravan, 14, from Gracia Gymnastics, Deer Lake (Western). Coach Kerri Anstey looks on.

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Emily Bland of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team goes up for the kill against Mount Pearl/South during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Bethany Parsons (11) of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team blocks a spike from Mount Pearl South's Michelle Compton during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Mount Pearl/South's Michelle Compton spikes against the guard of the host team's Donna Jewer (1) and Bethany Parsons (11). - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Brad Manuel (7) of the Grand Falls-Windsor boys hocket team looks back to see St. John's/North goaltender Michael Collins sprawl to keep his backhand shot from crossing the line. St. John's would win the game at Windsor Stadium, 6-2. - Photo by Kenn Ol

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Figure skater Ashley Bishop, Mount Pearl South.

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Figure skater Shannon Lilly, Labrador City.

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Emma Holmes competes for St. John's/North in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games cross-country ski event at the Exploits Valley ski trails on Monday. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Corner Brook's Brian Brewer presents Pamela Budden with her medal after she clocked a time of five minutes and 16 seconds in her 500-metre Para-Nordic cross-country ski event at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. -

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Fans of Exploits Valley High School, the Host team in the male volleyball competition at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games, cheer on the home side during the gold-medal match against Western Tuesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. Western won the fina

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Members of the Eastern female bowling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front, from left) Melanie Avery and Emma Manning; (back, from left) Sarah Short, Cassie Bishop and coach Rosetta Avery. - Photo by Dave Newell/Transcontinental Media/The

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Nick Ash (2) and Jacob Lane (14) of the Gander Collegiate Concordes go up to block a smash by Patrick Churchill of the South West Arm Academy Tigers during the bronze-medal match in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games boys' volleyball competiti

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Central's James Collins (9) looks to pound the ball through a couple of Eastern blockers during the boys' volleyball bronze-medal final at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Western Male Volleyball Gold Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Eastern Male Volleyball Bronze Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Labrador goaltender Kyla Penney gets ready to pounce on a loose puck as teammates Charlene Duffett and Shannon Kalanko keep Western's Kristen Cooze and Franchesca Gibbons at bay during female hockey action at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter G

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Central region basketball coaches Ed Traverse (left) and Brian Kennedy get their Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games kits from volunteers Betty Boone and Gloria White (right) during Games turnaround day Wednesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by K

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Mount Pearl/South hockey player Carlee Jesso lugs her sticks, equipment and suitcase as she enters the girls' athletes village at Exploits Valley School in Grand Falls-Windsor, turnaround day at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Ke

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Central's Blanchard and Avalon's Cody MacTavish hook up in boys' wrestling action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor on Thursday. Thursday marked the first full day of action in the second half of the Games. - Photo by

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Members of the Labrador wrestling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front row, left to right): Stephen Penashue, J.B. Andrew, Rodney Osmond and Matthew Nuna; back row (left to right): coach Brian Tucker, Alex Penashue, Clinton Rich, Nicholas

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Samantha Morey (centre) and Victoria Roberts of Central take on Mount Pearl/South, whose team includes Kiley Hynes (left) in girls' badminton action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Thursday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/T

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2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games/Bowling

Grand Falls-Windsor -

Be it skier or skater, lead or libero, goalie or guard, the vast majority of athletes developed their love for sport as youths. And it most cases, their willingness to dedicate themselves to an athletic endeavour or endeavors also began at a young age.
The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor are proof of this sort of dedication.
Take Melanie Avery, from Deep Bight, and Clarenville's Emma Manning, They are here representing the Eastern region in bowling, but a few months ago, the two 16-year-olds were in danger of having their dream of competing in these Games go unrealized.
Avery and Manning, who have been five-pin bowlers since their grade school years, were two of the few senior female bowlers at Clarenville's Caribou Lanes and there didn't appear to be enough time to make up a team.
"But they really wanted to go," says Rosetta Avery, Melanie's mother and the eastern team coach.
They turned that desire into a recruitment effort.
Forget seeking out experienced bowlers, if you're going to the Games and you want to have the most fun possible - the underlying spirit of the week - recruit your best friends, even if they've never bowled before.
So in rolled Sarah Short and Cassi Bishop, both from Clarenville, and both athletes - Short's a basketballer, Bishop is a softball pitcher and both play volleyball
Neither had bowled much before, with Short having done some glo-bowling and Bishop trying her hand at 10-pin.
"I used to go and watch my friends, but I had never bowled like this before. I bowled 10-pin with my Dad, but that knocks them all down in one shot," says Bishop, who nevertheless thought her softball experience might come in handy.
"Because you're pitching underhand. (I) thought it would be about the same," Bishop says.
"But it's not. At all."
Short, meanwhile, didn't have any confidence to erode. She was counting on the worst.
"I expected gutterball, gutterball, gutterball."
Since January however, coach Avery insists the girls have "fit in perfectly," while "developing quite well in their approach to rolling the ball, getting stronger as each week went by."
And who better to show you the ropes than your best friends.
"(In) my first practice, they were a big help," recounts Bishop, "showing me everything that's on the lanes and how to line up your shots, explaining the lingo and helping me through it."
On top of this technical know-how, Manning - a provincial YBC medallist - offered up the best advice for a new bowler.
"Just keep a positive attitude, do your best and don't get discouraged."
The team finished fifth at the Games this week, mustering up a single win, but Short bowled a 191 in her first game Sunday, and admits she's been bitten by the bowling bug.
Bishop has been similarly nipped
"I'm definitely joining up next year," she says.

koliver@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Clarenville, Grand Falls Grand Falls-Windsor Eastern

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