Josh Thornton’s stellar year on and off the green has seen him named a finalist for a Bowls Australia award.
East Shepparton’s coach will compete with Thuringowa’s Lynne Seymour for Bowler with a Disability of the Year at Bowls Australia’s night of nights on October 26 on the Gold Coast.
‘‘Obviously I’m very honoured to be one of the two finalists for the award,’’ Thornton said.
‘‘Whether I win it or not it’s a great accomplishment.’’
Thornton had a breakout season, representing his country for the first time in the para-sport team against New Zealand, before winning the Australian Open Men’s Pairs title with good mate Barrie Lester.
‘‘Getting to represent my country for the first time and winning the Australian Open were definitely the highlights of the year,’’ he said.
On the home front, Thornton took East Shepparton to the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division finals after a long hiatus, while skipping a rink for the Central Goulburn Murray’s regional side.
‘‘Getting to finals was the first goal and we’ve ticked that off,’’ he said.
‘‘Now we have to start being successful in finals.’’
The regional bowls manager has his eye on playing in the green and gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games, and hopes the nomination is a step in the right direction.
‘‘I’d like to think so, but the judges of these awards are not necessarily the judges of the Commonwealth Games selections,’’ Thornton said.
‘‘Our next training camp is from October 3 to 6 and that will go a long way to deciding whether I get a game or not.’’
The award is in its second year and Thornton will have his work cut out if he is to take out the final gong as Seymour is a two-time World Vision Impaired Championships gold medallist.
Thornton has been recognised by Bowls Australia before, taking out last year’s Regional Bowls Manager of the Year title.