Good luck to our Com­mon­wealth Games rep­re­sen­ta­tives

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

It only seems like yes­ter­day we were cheer­ing on lo­cal Olympic hockey gold medal­list Steve Mowlam at the 2004 Athens Games and more re­cently golf­ing great Mar­cus Fraser and trap shooter James Wil­lett at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Not too many towns can boast hav­ing one of their own com­pet­ing in an Olympic or Com­mon­wealth Games. Nor can they cel­e­brate their cham­pion win­ning a gold medal.

Next week we are for­tu­nate to have three lo­cally con­nected ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in their re­spec­tive sports at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

For­mer Corowa High School stu­dent James Wil­lett will again shoot for gold in the dou­ble trap as will an­other lo­cal, Ruther­glen’s Gaye Shale, who have both been se­lected in a 28-mem­ber Aus­tralian side. Gaye also com­peted at the 2014 Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games.

They will be joined by lawn bowl­ing sen­sa­tion Josh Thorn­ton who will com­pete in the Open B6/B7/B8 AWD Triples events.

These ath­letes have sac­ri­ficed an enor­mous amount their life to reach the pin­na­cle of their sport and we now wish them all the very best as they rep­re­sent our great sport­ing re­gion.

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