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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Niagarans win lawn bowling gold
Valerie McWilliams, Katherine Smith, centre formerly and Pat Kostecki won 9-0 in round robin in the Canadian Senior Triples Lawn Bowling Championship in Edmonton, Alta. Then they beat B.C. for the national gold medal. SUPPLIED

Pat Kostecki , Katherine Smith and Valerie McWilliams are national lawn bowling champs, winning gold at the 2023 Canadian Senior Triples Lawn Bowling Championship in Edmonton last week. 

The women were undefeated, going 9-0 in their round-robin games, and then beat B.C. in the final.

The three have been playing together for about four years, said Kostecki, who lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Smith bowls out of the Ancaster Municipal Lawn Bowling Club while McWilliams and Kostecki are with the St. Catharines Glenridge Lawn Bowling Club. 

“Katherine is one of the best and most consistent bowlers in Ontario,” Kostecki said in a message to The Lake Report. Smith can outperform most men in the sport, she added.

The trio also won nationals in 2019, before the COVID pandemic. 

“We’re a good team because we work well together,” said Kostecki. “It just seems to work — whatever one can’t do the other one can.”

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