Australian lawn bowls captain Lynsey Clarke (nee Armitage) admits she has some “unfinished business” from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Lynsey was a member of the Australian triples team (with Kelsey Cotterell and Karen Murphy) that was spectacularly relegated to silver by England in the gold medal final.
In a lawn bowls version of a polite routing, England raced to an 11-0 lead before the Australians even got on the board. They went on to lead 20-1 before clinching the gold medal 22-4.
“You don't forget a loss like that, particularly when it's for a gold medal,” Lynsey says. “I can't change history but hopefully I can tend to unfinished business and make it gold next time.”
Lynsey has already shown her determination to turn around the crushing 2014 defeat by winning a gold medal in the triples at last year's Six Nations International.
If selected for GC2018, Gold Coast will be Lynsey's fourth Games after Melbourne (2006, Lynsey won gold), New Delhi (2010, Lynsey was fourth) and Glasgow (2014, Lynsey won silver).
“I can't wait for the Commonwealth Games to come to my hometown of Gold Coast next year,” Lynsey says.
“The excitement has been building ever since the announcement of our hosting rights and I can't believe it's now just a year away.
“Our wonderful city has been somewhat of a hidden gem to the rest of the world so it will be fantastic to showcase all we offer.
“From our wonderful sporting facilities to our beautiful beaches and lush rainforests, to our theme parks and fantastic bar and restaurant scene - we truly have it all!
“It's a fabulous, long overdue opportunity for the Gold Coast to shine on the world stage. I'm truly a proud and passionate Gold Coaster who's counting down the days until the Games begin.”
With 290 appearances for Australia already under her belt, it would be think Lynsey is a stereotype veteran in the sport.
Think again! The Gold Coaster is only in her mid-30s and still has decades to play her chosen sport after being first introduced to lawn bowls by her parents at the tender age of 11.
Lynsey has a 15-month-old daughter Kenzie and has successfully managed to balance motherhood and a sporting career with the help and support of her husband Brad and family.
A proud member of the powerful Gold Coast club Helensvale, Lynsey has been Australian Jackaroos captain (men and women) since 2011.
She made her debut for Australia in 2003 as a 19-year and at the time was the youngest ever representative at open level (this record is now held by then 15-year-old Kelsey Cottrell, 2005).
Lynsey's achievements include world championship gold medals in triples and fours and six Australian titles across singles, pairs, triples and fours.
She was the 2011 Bowls Australia Female Player of the Year and a Bowls Australia Hall of Famer (the youngest member) after being inducted in 2012.
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Author: Geoff Stead
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