Hanson wins gold for Aussies

Colac’s Ken Hanson led Australia to a Commonwealth Games gold medal in lawn bowls yesterday. Ken, centre, is pictured after the win with his son Paul, brother Don, wife Coral and grandson Thomas.

Colac lawn bowler Ken Hanson is the toast of Colac after leading Australia to victory in a thrilling Commonwealth Games gold medal match yesterday.

The skipper was the hero of the Australian para-athlete triples team, with his final bowl of the day giving Australia a memorable 14-13 victory against New Zealand.

Australia had led by as much as seven shots after the seventh end of the 15-end match, before the Kiwis hit back.

New Zealand hit the lead with a double in the second-last end before Hanson’s heroics.

Hanson’s wife Coral said she had been confident he would step up to the challenge.

“The Aussies were holding two before Mark Noble from New Zealand rocked the bowl at the back, so Australia was just holding one shot when Ken came in,” Coral told the Colac Herald from the crowd after the win.

“Ken just had to get inside to make two, the nerves might have been a bit rattled but I was confident, he’s a nice draw bowler.

“He’d had a couple of big shots earlier in the match, he did very well.

“Australia started really well, then went off the bowl a bit and we all got a bit worried, but they held their nerve in the end.”

Hanson’s gold medal also created his own slice of history.

At 68, he became the nation’s oldest Commonwealth Games gold medal winner.

“He’s the oldest that’s ever been in the team, and the younger ones enjoy reminding him about that,” Coral said.

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