CUT KNIFE — Akeira Anseth is a 14-year-old from Cut Knife who has bowled since she was five years old, learning to love the game at Country Lanes.
The Cut Knife bowler just returned home from National Youth Bowling Championships, held in Regina, with a gold medal in girls’ singles. This is a back-to-back win for the teen.
“Akeira qualified through round robin averaging 250,” reports her mom, Tracey.
“She threw seven strikes in the gold medal match, three in the last frame, for the win.”
Akeira's parents and grandmother were in attendance to cheer her on as well as numerous friends she has made from across the country through the sport.
An avid sports enthusiast, Akeira also enjoys volleyball. U15 Nationals will include Akiera on the CVVC team, competing in Regina. She has also made the U16 ladies’ volleyball team travelling to Halifax in July for the North American Indigenous Games.
Since 2019, the CKCL Bowler has qualified for four national events in five-pin bowling. She has earned two silver medals and two gold medals at the national level. She has qualified for provincials ever since Grade 3 and has earned a medal in every appearance except two.
“Bowling is a great sport to compete in because I get to meet new people,” Akeira says.
“I have the thrill of competing as a single player or as part of a team. I am very proud to represent Cut Knife at a national level. “
Many competitive bowlers play in houses with 20 or more lanes, while Cut Knife bowlers practice and play in a four-lane alley.
One would think sports would be enough to keep the Cut Knife High School student busy and engaged however she is well-known for her artistic talents. Akeira has won local competitions, has completed work she has been commissioned for and even placed second nationally for the Legion Remembrance Day poster in 2022. Akeira is also a top student at Cut Knife Community School
“Besides volleyball with Team SK for NAIG, she will be potentially travelling to Oshawa with her family to play in a tournament in August with the adult bowlers. Then, YBC starts in September again,” says Tracey.
“It's quite exciting to have a national champion of any kind come out of a small community like CK, let alone to have her repeat the achievement a second time,” Cut Knife resident Andrea Stewart says.
Cut Knife Country Lanes | Cut Knife SK | Facebook Cut Knife Country Lanes is home to a number of championships including seniors at National 55+ games and other bowlers at other competitions throughout the province.