Searching through the archives of the Youth Bowl Ontario office, one is constantly reminded of the rich history of our game. Due to the efforts of former staff members, an incredible amount of this history has been preserved, going as far back as the 1920's. Most of these items are likely one-of-a-kind, or at the very least quite rare, and as such we are pleased to share them on occasion.
In this article, we will be sharing a brief history of the YBC Senior Mixed Team Championships.
The Senior Mixed is a tournament that brings together some of the finest Senior age youth bowlers in the province. Bowlers qualify in their zone to form a mixed team, which proceeds to compete against teams from other zones in the province, for a chance to claim the provincial championship. Akin to an all-star team competition, the Senior Mixed has been home to amazing moments and incredible bowling for over 50 years; it is a true accomplishment to earn the right to call yourself a Senior Mixed provincial champion.
As alluded to above, the first Senior Mixed Team Championship took place all the way back in February of 1967 at Agincourt Bowl, Scarborough. Created by Tom Craig, a long-time YBC Zone Representative and President of the Scarborough 5 Pin Bowling Association, the tournament first began as a local Metro Toronto event, but success would soon see the event opened to all zones in the province, and eventually established as part of the official YBC program. In fact, between 1974 and 1991, even Western Quebec was represented at the event, including winning the championship in 1980.