Vics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

by Team BV

Victorians have played a huge role in the Australian Jackaroos’ remarkable performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sunbury’s Carla Krizanic won two gold medals – as part of the women’s triples and fours teams – to spearhead Victoria’s medal rush. Carla’s first gold medal with the fours team was Australia’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in bowls since 2006.

.@MrSamMac spoke to our #GC2018LawnBowls GOLDEN GIRLS — they had us on the edge of our seats yesterday! #GC2018
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) April 9, 2018

It was a golden day on the greens at Broadbeach!

‘s first in #GC2018LawnBowls was won by the #FabFour! #ShareTheDream
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 9, 2018

It sparked a gold rush for the Aussies. Popular East Shepparton coach Josh Thornton and City of Colac’s Ken Hanson were part of the gold-medal winning bowlers with a disability triples team. 

I’ve seen some amazing moments in sport, and while this might not be the most high profile of them…I haven’t witnessed many better!
The @BowlsAustralia Para Sport Triples team win @GC2018 Gold in a thrilling final v @BowlsNZ #hatsoff #GC2018LAWNBOWLS #awesome
— Benny Jones (@benjiman1983) April 12, 2018

— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 13, 2018

And Bendigo-raised Clayton BC bowler Aaron Wilson, now playing most of his bowls in NSW with Cabramatta, won gold in the men’s singles.

What a win! What a celebration!

Aaron Wilson wins Gold in the men’s lawn bowls over Ryan Bester and this crowd is going off… along with Wilson’s t-shirt!@Toyota_Aus #OhWhatAFeeling
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 13, 2018

Gold medal winners, Laetisha Scanlan and Aaron Wilson, talk about their wins and the future of their sports. @teashy #7CommGames #7News
— 7 News Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) April 13, 2018

Mulgrave Country Club’s Barrie Lester also added two silver medals in the men’s triples and fours – his fours outfit holding the lead on the final end before Scotland snatched victory at the death.
Altona bowler Sharon Callus, playing for Malta, also won a Games medal, taking home bronze as part of that nation’s women’s fours team. 

And Clayton’s Kelly McKerihen, playing for Canada, made the last four in the women’s singles but went down in in the bronze medal match. 

Victorian International Technical Official John Roberts was also recognised for his excellence, umpiring the blue-ribbon men’s singles gold medal match. 

Australia finished with five gold medals and two silver medals in a stunning Games performance – and most owed a lot to Victorian bowlers.