A new year is only a few short days away. As 2013 is winding down, I would like to reflect on this past year and look forward to 2014.
As we are all well aware, I am not the bowler in the family. As much as I love the sport of bowling, I take more joy in my children’s accomplishments than I do my own. I suppose that if I had more of my own I would enjoy those also. But, as a parent I can’t imagine putting myself first.
Brady had an extremely good year in his bowling career. He qualified as one of only 16 spots in the Collegiate National Championships as an individual. In the Youth State Tournament he finished first in all events and team, and brought home fourth place in doubles and singles. He also rolled his first 300 game in this tournament.
He made the Indiana Masters team and qualified with the high game and high series. Brady rolled 11 strikes in a row on a sports shot to finish with a 296. He finished fourth in the tournament. In the Indiana/Kentucky All Star tournament, he finished fourth and had high team game and the individual high game and series. Indiana won the contest for both Masters and Queens.
This summer, Colip travelled to Detroit for the Junior Gold Championships to compete against the best from around the country.
Charlie had his own share of success this year. He placed fifth place in points in the TKO tournament. He shot his best game ever with eleven strikes in a row for a 298 game. He shot his first sanctioned 700 series. He has raised his average by more than 20 pins and at only 13 is becoming a strong force in youth bowling.
This year was a great one for our family in the bowling world. We travelled a lot and watched many hours of great bowling at different levels and in different venues. We celebrated victories and we learned lessons in the defeats.
Part of the reason I love this sport is that you get to meet so many great people. You develop friendships and they become like a family outside of your own family. You see them week after week. You cheer for their success as well as your own.
Am I passionate about youth bowling? Of course. But not just because of my own children, but because of the kids as a whole. I get to see these kids develop not only as future bowlers, but as our society’s future. It is amazing to see the transformation of a five year old child grow into a young adult. This, in part, is why I put so much emphasis on our youth. They are deserving and it is part of their journey.
Who knows what the future holds? If 2014 brings a fraction of what 2013 did for my family, I will be blessed. So from my family to yours, Happy New Year!
Angie Colip can be reached at: bowling@heraldbulletin