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Rosemary Lenton, aged 72, wins Commonwealth Games gold

Scotland’s Rosemary Lenton, who paired with Pauline Wilson in bowls pairs, said she thought she’d only ever get to the Commonwealth Games as a spectator.

August 4, 2022
4 August 2022

Scotland’s Rosemary Lenton has become a Commonwealth gold medallist at the age of 72 with victory in the bowls women’s pairs B6-B8 final alongside Pauline Wilson.

Lenton, who was formerly a competitive sailor and cyclist, was making her Games debut in the para bowls, two decades after complications from a routine surgery led to her needing a wheelchair.

What began as a close final against Australia’s Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell, level at 5-5 in the early going, became a blowout as Lenton and Wilson triumphed 17-5.

“Absolutely fantastic,” Lenton said when asked how victory felt. “I’m dreaming. We both played excellently.

“We always knew we could do it. In the round-robin we didn’t always produce it, but when it really mattered we did, and that’s the important thing.

“It’s the first time that women’s para bowls has been included. I thought I would never get to a Commonwealth Games and if I did it would be as a spectator. This is effectively our Olympics because we cannot get any higher.”

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