Josh can now play Games

December 06, 2017

East Shepparton bowls coach Josh Thornton will represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Josh Thornton has been included in the Australian Commonwealth Games bowls team.

The East Shepparton coach will compete on the Gold Coast next year as part of the para-sport team and he was thrilled to be making his Games debut.

‘‘It’s a lifelong dream fulfilled,’’ Thornton said.

‘‘I went through the process to go to Glasgow and I missed out and like some of the other guys here, I used that as fuel to get here.’’

Thornton has been working towards the international event since missing out on selection for the Scotland Games in 2014.

This year was filled with events that edged the star skip closer to a Games berth.

A dominant performance at the Australian Open greatly aided his cause, teaming up with great friend Barrie Lester to take home the coveted men’s pairs title.

The stellar win came on the greens at Broadbeach, the same location in Queensland where the Commonwealth Games events will be played.

But the Australian Open was not the first time Thornton had stepped onto the northern greens, having plenty of experience across a busy month in June.

The Bowls Victoria north-east regional bowls manager formed part of the Australian team for the para-sport Trans-Tasman Test series in the same month, as well as taking the greens for the Gold Coast Multi-Nations tournament.

At next year’s Commonwealth Games, Thornton will be part of the athletes with a disability triples team with Victoria’s Ken Hanson and Queensland’s Tony Bonnell.

The countdown is on for Thornton’s preparation, with 120 days until the opening ceremony of the Games.

Closer to home, Thornton will contest the Goulburn Valley men’s triples final on Sunday.

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