Cabramatta lawn bowler Aaron Wilson wins gold

Champion: Aaron Wilson won gold for Australia in the singles lawn bowls competition. His selection for the Jackaroos continues his rapid rise in the sport which saw him debut in the green and gold only last year. Picture: AAP
Champion: Aaron Wilson won gold for Australia in the singles lawn bowls competition. His selection for the Jackaroos continues his rapid rise in the sport which saw him debut in the green and gold only last year. Picture: AAP

When the Champion caught up with Cabramatta lawn bowler Aaron Wilson in December he was “hopeful” of making it on to the pairs or fours teams for the Commonwealth Games.

A medal would be a bonus.

As fate would have it, the man known as disco took centre stage in the singles to claim gold in his Commonwealth Games debut.

Wilson, the Cabramatta Bowling Club high performance coach, overcame an early 7-2 deficit to pre-tournament favourite Ryan Bester  in the final to defeat the Canadian  21-14 at Broadbeach.

Wearing his favourite lucky undies, Wilson celebrated victory by ripping his shirt off and running down the green in front of an adoring home crowd in similar fashion to how Kelvin Kerkow celebrated gold in 2006

He is third Australian to win the blue ribbon singles event after Kerkow and Rob Parella in 1990.

The 26-year-old dominated the singles event winning his five preliminary matches before commanding victories in the quarter and semi finals.

Ironically, the Bendigo product missed a medal in his more fancied event with reigning world champions Wilson and teammate Brett Wilkie suffering a shock 15-13 loss to Malta in the quarter-finals of the pairs competition.

Wilson started bowling at the age of 11 at North Bendigo Bowls Club with his three brothers.