Michael Schmidt

Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

I have been bowling for 26 years. All four of my Grandparents bowled, and one of them is in our Manitoba Bowling Hall of Fame. I guess Bowling has always been in my blood. I remember watching the PBA on TV when I was 6 or 7 and loved the idea that you could be on national television while bowling. The chance to win money was a bonus! I won my 1st provincial tournament to represent Manitoba at our National Finals when I was 9 years old, using an Ebonite Maxim. I went on to win a total of 11 youth provincial titles. I shot my first 300 in 2001 at the Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV. In my first adult tournament, I snuck into the top 8 stepladder, where not only did I run the ladder, but I shot my 1st Adult 300 and 1st 800 along the way. From that point on there’s been no turning back. I have won numerous Manitoba Classic Bowlers Association Titles including 4 Manitoba Open Titles, which is like a local Major. I have been our Manitoba Bowler of the Year for 10 consecutive years. Canadian Bowler of the year in 2005 + 2010. I also currently hold/share 10 Canadian records. I have the most wins at our Canadian Bowling World Cup National Finals at 7, and most in a row at 4. I am a 3-time member of Team Canada. I am also a 2-time Qubica/AMF Bowling World Cup World Champion. I am one of only two men to ever win the World Cup multiple times. No male has ever won the World Cup back-to-back times. I have been the closest doing this twice, finishing 1st in 2005 and 3rd in 2006, and then finishing 2nd in 2009 and 1st in 2010. I’m proud to say that in every World Final I was using Hammer equipment.

Biggest Payday on the Lanes: Winning the Qubica/AMF Bowling World Cup Twice (2005 + 2010) and being only one of two men in history to win multiple times. Financially, Winning the Canadian Bowling Championships Twice @ $10,000 each win (2004 + 2009).