World Cup champion Michael Schmidt has been selected as one of the top 16 international bowlers to compete in the World Tenpin Masters, next week in Barnsley, England.
The tournament features a straight knockout format with each match played over two games with the bowler with the highest aggregate score advancing.
The top prize is $30,000 US with the runner-up taking home $10,000 US. The first round losers will pocket $1,000 US.
Yesterday, Schmidt was honoured at City Hall with Mayor Sam Katz presenting him with a City of Winnipeg Outstanding Achievement Award for his World Cup triumph last November.
Last month, Schmidt successfully defended his Canadian World Cup title and qualified for the Qubica/AMF Bowling World Cup later this year in Caracus, Venezuela.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Winnipeg Winter Club will honour its longest standing member when it helps 2004 Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inductee Rupert Whitehead celebrate his 96th birthday, Sunday at 2:15 p.m., at the club.
The celebration will include figure skating performances by the guest of honour and some of the club's young skaters. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.
Whitehead, who was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in figure skating, still skates once a week and is a regular fixture at the club where he was a former figure skating professional in the 1940's.
JUNIOR CLASSIC: Sixty-seven players in five different age groups will be taking part in the Big Sand Junior Classic tennis tournament, this weekend at the Taylor Tennis Club.
The tournament is one of four qualifying events for selection to this year's Outdoor Junior Nationals. The finals are set for Sunday afternoon.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kelvin Peters of the Portage Trojans boys badminton team is this week's Rural High School Athlete of the Week. Last week, Peters won the boys singles tournament at Portage Collegiate and then combined with Kane Xoumphonphackdy to win the boys doubles tournament in Carman.