Masters Games – All eyes on gold after bronze medal haul

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Four members of the RSA Bowling Club came back from the 2018 Masters Games with bronze medals all round but they plan to go back for gold next time.
Eileen Wicks, Lynda Gardyne, Val Lithgow and Joyce Wilson competed in the fours at the games, which were held in Dunedin earlier this month.
Lithgow and Gardyne also competed in the doubles, and Wilson joined them in the triples.
The pairs, triples and fours teams all got bronze medals.
Wilson said getting the bronze in the fours was a surprise.
“I think it was close – we got a surprise. We’d lost the last game before, and then I thought, well that’s it, we would just have to try harder the next day,” Wilson said.
“And then they announced we got the bronze.”
The women, who had all competed at the games before apart from Gardyne, said they would go back to the games when they returned to Dunedin in two years.
“I need a new-coloured medal – I want a gold,” Lithgow said.
“I’ve been hunting a gold one, too,” Wilson said.
The four women said the best part about the experience was meeting new people.
“Just the company and friendship is enough,” Lithgow said.
“It’s good fun and there’s no pressure on,” Wicks said.
“It’s a fun thing to do – we get out there, play hard. It’s always challenging but the comradeship is a huge part,” she said.
Anybody thinking about taking up bowls should “just get out there and do it”, they said.