Cowichan teen makes good on promise to trounce pro athletes

Ryan Rowlinson schools B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay in the fine art of video game sports. -
Ryan Rowlinson schools B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay in the fine art of video game sports.
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Ryan Rowlinson did exactly what he set out to do — annihilate professional athletes during the 10th-annual Electronic Arts Challenge.

"The Dream Team, of course, was victorious," said Kim Heron at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which organized Feb. 4's EA Challenge with Electronic Arts.

The team — comprised of 10 B.C. youths — walloped pro athletes like BC Lions' Travis Lulay, Angus Reid and Geroy Simon and Whitecaps' captain Jay DeMerit in a 112-82 win at the EA Campus in Burnaby.

That's where pro athletes, celebrities, EA staff and others took on the Dream Team during NHL and FIFA matches via Xbox 360.

"It was really good — I was named Tourney MVP," said Rowlinson, a 14-year-old Queen of Angels student.

That's not particularly surprising: Rowlinson went into the tournament ready to clobber his opponents.

Even if those opponents were massive professional sportsmen.

"It was really cool but funny at the same time — they didn't really know what they were doing," Rowlinson said.

"I blew Travis Lulay away 6-0."

Rowlinson also got a copy of the just-released SSX snowboarding game, and his 11-year-old brother Jacob won a PlayStation with five games in a raffle draw.

"He gave me two of the games," the big bro said.

"I just have to say that Make-A-Wish Foundation is amazing for doing this."


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