By Mark Etheridge
Guy Caminsky and Gaye Mack will be South Africa’s twin strikeforce at this month’s 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
The duo make up the ten-pin bowling contingent of Team SA, who will compete in 12 of the 26 games on display in Taiwan, between July 16-26.
Says the president of the Tenpin Bowling Association of South Africa Anthea Harms: “The format of the World Games Championships is that of a team event and both players’ points count towards the overall score
“We believe that we have an excellent chance of taking a medal at the World Games.”
Team official for the tenpin bowling duo will be Guy’s father Stan, who just this week got back from the United States where Guy was in pre-Games action.
“We were there for the annual bowling expo and Guy bowled in a competition known as the High Roller,” says Caminsky senior.
“He didn’t do badly in the mini-eliminator. He needed a nine to go further in the competition but could only get a seven. Still he came with with a few dollars for his troubles. Even as an amateur bowler it is possible to make some money.”
Guy, 32, is the top bowler in the country, has been so for the last 10 years or so and has travelled extensively on the international scene. The winner of the 2008 World Masters Championships, he’s based in Johannesburg where he is the owner of Club Superbowling Greenstone in Modderfontein.
“Internationally speaking it’s hard to say where he ranks but I would hazard a guess and say round about 15-17th in the amateurs. The professionals are based mainly in the US and only amateurs will take part in the World Games.”
As for Mack, 39, Caminsky (snr) says: “She’s a former South African champion and also took part in the world champs in the United Arab Emirates in 1999/2000 where she came 102nd. She’s bowled in Europe as well and has won the Durban Cup in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the biggest bowling tournaments in the country.
“She’s virtually won everything there is to win in South African bowling,” says Caminsky.
When she’s not lining up at the lanes around the country, Mack is involved in the trading business where she oversees worldwide manganese exports.
The SA ten-pin bowling squad for World Games: Guy Caminsky, Gaye Mack.
Official: Stan Caminsky