The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games were the first away from home for Barrie Lester (lawn bowls) where he was part of the team that won silver in the men’s triples and finished 11th in the men’s fours. The Bendigo native – who had previously won bronze in the pairs in Melbourne in 2006 with Nathan Rice and silver in both triples and fours at Gold Coast 2018 – was chosen to receive the ceremonial Commonwealth flag at the closing ceremony on behalf of the next host Victoria 2026. Lester started playing lawn bowls at the age of 15 filling in for his father’s pennants’ team after “breaking too many bones playing footy”. When the family moved to Lakes Entrance, he met bowls great John Snell whom he adopted as his mentor. He made his debut for Australia in 2006 and has represented his country over 200 times since, including two silver medals at the World Bowls Championships in 2016. He was named Australian Male Bowler of the Year for 2016-17. He was part of the Queensland team that claimed the triples title at the 2021 Australian Championships. Lester plays for the Burleigh Heads Bowls Club on the Gold Coast where he also works as the Sports Manager.
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