Ken Han­son makes his­tory, pro­duces bowl of his life

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED Heads Bowls Club mem­ber Ken Han­son has be­come Aus­tralia’s old­est Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal win­ner af­ter the 68-year-old rolled the Aus­tralian open para triples team to vic­tory with the shot of his life at the Broad­beach Bowls Club.

Han­son’s record mak­ing bowl had to land per­fectly to give the open triples team a chance against New Zealand in the gold medal bout, and he de­liv­ered, con­jur­ing the last-gasp vic­tory by smash­ing away two Kiwi bowls from the jack.

Han­son now holds the record for old­est ever ath­lete to win a gold medal, over­tak­ing the pre­vi­ous record holder Dorothy Roche, who was 61 when she won gold in the lawn bowls at the 1990 Games.

Af­ter his shot Han­son told the As­so­ci­ated Press that he had to just let the last bowl fly and see what hap­pened.

“There wasn’t no draw shot or any­thing like that. It was just to let it go as hard as I could and hope I hit the right ball, which it did,” Han­son said.

Now, Han­son has sur­passed his wildest ex­pec­ta­tions.

“If you had of told me 18 months ago that I’d be stand­ing here about to get a gold medal, I would’ve said you’re kid­ding your­self,” he said.

“I never would’ve even en­ter­tained the idea of play­ing in the Com­mon­wealth Games of the dis­abil­ity but we’ve been through a lot to­gether us guys and we’re not a bad com­bi­na­tion.”

PHOTO: DAR­REN ENG­LAND

Ken Han­son wins gold.

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