Team Cote beats New West youth - with a little help from Mr. India

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New Westminster youth ambassadors and firefighters were no match for city council.

The New Westminster Youth Ambassadors Society recently held its fifth annual lawn bowling fundraiser for B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs at the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club. Prior to the July 4 event, Team Cote and the New Westminster youth ambassadors teams had each won the event twice.

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Mr. India (Rish Koya) of Royal City Wrestling got into the fray this year, joining Team Cote and promoting the event. Along with Mr. India, Team Cote included Mayor Jonathan Cote, councillors Patrick Johnstone, Jaimie McEvoy and Nadine Nakagawa, lawn bowling club members Darren Hutchinson and Scott McFadyen, as well as John Ragone and Chester Kmiec.

Joining youth ambassadors Velveth Calderon, Nicolas Canderlaria, Tiba Khudhur, Macklen Linke, Miller Linke and Sarah Meltzer were New Westminster firefighters Glen Bailey, Adam Baranj, Dustin Javens, Bill Shokar, and Cory Wright.

“We kicked their butts,” said Koya, who attributed the team’s strong performance to the fact that Cote, Johnstone and Nakagawa are curlers. “They were very good. It is similar to curling.”

Team Cote won the first game 5-0 and took the second game 3-0. Despite the loss, the youth ambassadors were pleased that more than 70 people attended the barbecue and fundraiser.

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