Golly Josh, well done
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