Gold medals for Hokonui club pair


Two local bowlers have ticked another thing off their bucket list after bringing home gold medals from the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin last week.
Lesley Winsloe (83) has been playing bowls for 37 years. Her bowls partner, Gladys Gerken (84), started playing 18 years ago and they have been playing together since.
They are members of the Hokonui Bowling Club.
The two competed in the fours, pairs and triples competitions at the games, and excelled in the pairs section in which they won a gold medal in the 80-plus combined age group.
Mrs Winsloe said it was “very exciting to even get a medal, let alone a gold one”.
Even they had been playing together for some years, this was the first time they had competed at the Masters Games.
Mrs Gerken said they had not thought about competing in the games before but this year “it was something we wanted to do together, and with it being just up the road we thought why not.”
She said they enjoyed playing together and “we get on pretty well … If I’m having a day when I’m not playing that well, Lesley doesn’t mind.”
Mrs Winsloe said they were a competitive pair.
“We like to win but if we don’t win, it’s still great fun.”
They agreed the secret to being good at bowls, like many other sports, was having a good attitude, staying fit and “concentrating”.
The pair said they would keep training and competing and would like to defend their title when the New Zealand Masters Games returned to Dunedin in 2020.

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