Aaron Wilson (lawn bowls) created a slice of history when he successfully defended his men’s singles title at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, just the second player to achieve the feat after England’s David Bryant won four in a row from 1962 to 1978. Four years earlier on the Gold Coast, Wilson had become Australia’s third gold medallist in the showpiece men’s discipline after Rob Parrella (1990) and Kelvin Kerkow (2006). Fittingly, both former winners were in attendance in 2018, with Kerkow presenting the medals and Parrella turning the scoreboard for the match. Wilson was encouraged to play lawn bowls by older brother Matthew when he was 11 and immediately fell in love with the sport. His first major achievement was winning the pairs event at the 2010 NSW Open with Matthew Flapper. Wilson claimed the Australian Open singles title in 2013 and made his debut for Australia in 2016. He was Australian Open singles champion again in 2021. He also teamed up with Corey Wedlock in the men’s pairs in Birmingham where they finished 12th.
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