Golly Josh, well done

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

The par­ents of Corowa-Wah­gun­yah’s new­est Com­mon­wealth Games lawn bowls cham­pion, Josh Thorn­ton got the sur­prise of their life on Mon­day night as their son rocked up on their doorstep un­ex­pected at 10pm.

The elated 36-year-old flew from the Gold Coast to Mel­bourne and then drove all the way to Wah­gun­yah to cel­e­brate with mum Kate and his dad Lex.

“I didn’t tell them I was com­ing, I rang them as I was com­ing up the hill to the house and told them I had to go be­cause I was al­most back home in Shep­par­ton,” he said.

“Then I jumped out of the car and knocked on their door, so it was pretty cool to catch up with them be­cause I didn’t get a chance to see them af­ter the match.”

Mrs Thorn­ton told the Free Press ear­lier in the week she was hang­ing out to hold her son’s gold medal.

“We are so proud of him, he was there to win gold and that’s what he did,” she said.

Josh part­nered with Tony Bonnell and Ken Han­son to de­liver Aus­tralia the open B6/B7/B8 triples gold medal in a nail-biter, 14-13, against New Zealand at Broad­beach Bowls Club last week.

“We ini­tially played quite well early on and we got into a good lit­tle lead and then we played a bad end about

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