Turley?s gold proves dreams do come true
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN asked about their future dreams, nearly any kid will bring up winning a gold medal for their country.
Lawn bowler Wayne Turley lived that dream when he was part of Australia's men's triples team at this year's Commonwealth Games and he says that winning gold is a memory that he will cherish forever.
"On the podium was just unbelievable," the Taren Point bowler said.
"Having my family there and my friends was great and the by the time we got to go out after all the media commitments and drug testing, it wasn't until about half past one in the morning, so it was a bit of a late night.
"We had another media conference at about a quarter to eight or eight o'clock so we just rocked in at 7:30.
"It was just unbelievable, it still sends a shiver down the spine thinking about it you know, the national anthem and stuff like that."
At only 33, Turley is one of the new generation of bowlers that has changed the image of the game to being a sport for people of all ages.
The gold medallist is in Coffs Harbour this week to compete in the Masters Pairs at the Ex-Services Club.
He's teamed up with Taren Point club mate Richard Girvan who represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games, and the have started the tournament strongly winning their two matches on the opening day.
Girvan and Turley actually won this tournament back in 2004 and are hoping to once again get in the money this year after missing out oin the final last year.
Other International and Australian title holders entered at Coffs Ex-Services this week include Rowan Brassey, Geoff Sutcliffe, Eric Johannes, John Snell, Col Pritchard and Terry McCabe which makes this year's field arguably the strongest in the tournament's history.
"It's a pretty big tournament the pairs tournament and the greens here are just awesome," Turley added.
"They're probably the best greens you could play on, I reckon they're fantastic.
"And the tournament's got a good name to it, it's well run and it's good to get away for a week with good mates and it's good bowls up here."
n Turley will remember this year's Masters Pairs fondly for other reasons apart from his form.
On Monday he received the additional good news that he was selected to again represent the green and gold.
"I've just a call this morning (Monday) so I've got another game at the end of this month against England and South Africa at Tweed Heads," he said with more than a touch of pride.
"That's a three man side and then we head to South Africa in September in another three man side, so it's all happening pretty quickly."
Turley has been selected alongside national team debutants Todd Simmons and Sydney-based Scott Caundle.
Caundle has a local connection as he's the son of Park Beach member Brian.
These tournaments are building towards the prestigious international event, the Asia Pacific Bowls Championship to be held in January.