Wilson to bowl at Commonwealth Games

Aaron Wilson will attempt to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal to add to his World Championships gold medal.
Aaron Wilson will attempt to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal to add to his World Championships gold medal.

Bendigo’s Aaron Wilson will make his Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast next year.

The 26-year-old was named in the Australian squad on Tuesday.

Wilson, who is now based at Cabramatta in Sydney, will be joined in the Australian men’s team by Australia's number one male bowler Barrie Lester  and a trio of Gold Coasters in Australian Jackaroos vice-captain Brett Wilkie, four-time Bowls Australia International Bowler of the Year Aron Sherriff and Nathan Rice.

“The Australian team have had a successful three years or so on the international arena since our last Games, but we know that the competition at this event is always extremely fierce and we will need to be at the top of our game in order to fend of a number of other international powerhouses,” head coach Steve Glasson said.

"It's pleasing to see a number of players afforded the opportunity to contest their first Games; we feel it's the right mix of supremely talented debutants and seasoned campaigners that will give the nation its best chance at success.

"We must also acknowledge the contribution of a number of athletes who weren’t fortunate enough to hear their name called out here today, it must be difficult for many Jackaroos players to hear the names of close friends and team-mates read out, but not their own.

"The calibre of the players that weren’t selected is indicative of how strong this team is and how difficult was to choose the final team members."

Each player will contest two of the four disciplines, of singles, pairs, triples and fours.