Vision impaired bowler Wayne Thomson with his wife and director Lynne after they teamed up to win a gold and bronze medal at the recent Australian Championships.
Vision impaired bowler Wayne Thomson with his wife and director Lynne after they teamed up to win a gold and bronze medal at the recent Australian Championships. Trevor Veale

Partnership is gold on green

DESPITE winning his third national gold medal in the singles, vision impaired lawn bowler Wayne Thomson knows where to send most of the credit.

For the last four years, Wayne’s wife Lynne has been acting as his director when he’s on the greens, offering feedback on distances to the kitty and lines to take while he’s bowling.

“I know not to argue with her, I know what side my bread is buttered on,” Thomson said.

“In our division I have to wear total blackout glasses so she deserves 50 per cent of the credit.”

Thomson deserves plenty of credit himself though.

In his four matches played at Adelaide’s Salisbury Bowling Club, Thomson walked away with four convincing victories as the scores 21-2, 21-4, 21-4 and 17-3 show.

To top off his incredible run at the national championships, Thomson teamed up with Sydney bowler Steve Gregson to represent NSW in the pairs and claimed the bronze medal.

Thomson was happy with the bronze even though the pair won the gold in 2009 as he admitted that winning the singles was his goal.

“It was satisfying to win all four singles games,” he said.

“You train three to four days a week over 12 weeks and when you put all those hours in, it justifies the effort.”



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