City to celebrate Ken’s medal

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ken Hanson will make a special trip home to Colac to “thank people for their support”. He said he would also visit the schools of his grandchildren, including Tom Hanson.

Colac lawn bowler Ken Hanson will make a special trip home to Victoria just to share his Commonwealth Games gold medal with the Colac community.

Hanson will fly home from the Gold Coast next Thursday eager to share stories and show people his medal, but says he would turn down a proposed civic reception.

Colac district residents have called on the Colac Otway Shire Council to host a civic reception to celebrate Hanson’s triumph in the para-athlete triples at last week’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

But Hanson said the proposal did not sit well with him.

“I’m not too keen on a civic reception for me,” the modest Hanson said.

“I certainly do appreciate the idea, but it wouldn’t be fair spending ratepayer money on me,” he said.

Instead, the Colac district community can congratulate Hanson on his gold medal at a function at Hanson’s home club City Bowls Club next Friday, April 27.

City chairperson Joan Lawrence and manager Steve Cheater organised the event.

Hanson, who has bowled at the club for the past 32 years, will fly home next week for the event before returning to Tweed Heads where he and his wife Coral spend their winter.

“We were going to stay up here but seeing as it’s a gold medal it’s only fair to go home and share it with the family and all those who have supported me,” he said.

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