Aaron Wilson wins world championship
Victoria’s Aaron Wilson has won his second world championship for the year, teaming with Brett Wilkie to win Australia the men’s pairs title at World Bowls 2016.
Wilson (Clayton BC), who won the world Under 25 championship earlier this year, and experienced Queenslander Wilkie proved too good for Ireland’s Gary Kelly and Ian McClure in an 18-7 gold medal match win at Burnside Bowling Club in Christchurch.
It was a fitting outcome for the pair, who toppled Scotland’s defending champions Paul Foster and Alex Marshall twice throughout the tournament, in sectional rounds and the semi-final battle.
It continues an outstanding tournament for Bowls Clayton – the club winning its third medal at World Bowls 2016.
Wilson’s clubmates Kelly McKerihen (Canada) and Ali Forsyth (New Zealand) won bronze medals in the women’s singles and men’s triples earlier in the tournament.
On another golden day for Australia at the world championships, NSW bowler Karen Murphy completed history with back-to-back women’s singles world titles.
Wilson, Wilkie and Murphy added to the Australian medal count – with Victorian Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha Scott winning the women’s fours gold medal the previous day.
Another Victorian, Barrie Lester (Mulgrave CC), teamed with Mark Casey and Aron Sherriff for Australian silver in the men’s triples.
The 2016 World Championships are continuing, with four more disciplines to be decided.
Full story, men’s pairs gold medal via Bowls Australia
Full story, women’s singles gold medal via Bowls Australia