Don’t let the cute smile fool you.
One look into the steely gaze of Richard Millitaire and one gets a pretty good understanding of the fear the pins must feel on several bowling lanes in our city.
Richard is six years old and will be going into Grade 2 at Robertson School in the North End this September. His favourite glass is gym.
But the reason I’m writing about him is that Richard set the Winnipeg bowling universe upside down this year with some wonderful work at some legendary locations including Roxy Lanes and Billy Mosienko Lanes.
"I really like making spares" Richard says.
Richard was bowler of the month in March, 2013. This allowed him to participate in the Bowler of the Year Tournament at Roxy Lanes where he put forth a scrappy effort to finish fifth.
Richard along with his father, Richard Sr., grabbed a nifty second-place finish at a family bowling event at Billy Mosienko Lanes earlier this year, and he followed that up with the tremendous honour of being named bowler of the year at Mosienko.
Because he’s achieved this level of success I felt I had to ask the obvious question — is Richard contemplating the notion of turning pro.
"Umm, no," he said.
For Richard bowling is simply "fun" at the moment. Still, mom Melanie appreciates what bowling has done for him.
"Bowling has taught Richard how to work on a team, but also set individual goals," she said.
Richard also enjoys playing soccer for the Sinclair Park Community Centre U7 boys. His favourite position is goalie. He recalls that a team once said "bad game" to his team during the post-game handshake and he didn’t think that was very nice.
"You should always be nice and say ‘Good game’," Richard said.
I think we would all agree.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.