Australia’s Aaron Wilson has claimed the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ blue-ribbon men’s singles gold medal in a stunning conclusion to the tournament.
The final gold medal of the bowls competition was contested tonight, after nine days, with Commonwealth Games debutant Wilson, 26, overcoming Canadian Ryan Bester, himself a Broadbeach resident and marquee player for the Club in which the tournament was staged.
Wilson found himself 5 shots down in the early stages of the decider, 2-7, but really hit his straps when he drove a bare jack into the ditch with his first bowl of the eighth end, eventually collecting 2, and then piling on the score over the proceedings ends with his confidence at sky-high levels.
The Cabramatta-based ace eventually prevailed by 7 shots in the first to 21 shoot-out.
Wilson becomes just the nation’s third gold medallist in the showpiece men’s singles discipline, behind Rob Parrella (1990) and Kelvin Kerkow (2006).
Fittingly, both former winners were in attendance to see Wilson join the small and illustrious list of singles gold medallists, with Kerkow making the presentation of the medallion to his Jackaroos successor, and Parrella turning the scoreboard for the match.
Bester, without question one of the sport’s most credentialed players, was relegated to silver, the same result from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and his last two World Bowls Championships singles finishes.
Australia concludes the tournament as the most prolific medallist, in its best ever Commonwealth Games performance, with five gold and two silver medals from the ten disciplines contested.
Bowls Australia congratulates Aaron Wilson, all of the Australian Jackaroos as well as the High Performance coaches and staff for their stellar GC2018 performance.
Men’s singles gold medal result: Australia defeated Canada 21-14