Dorothy Roche OAM (lawn bowls) became Australia’s oldest gold medal winner (at the time) when she competed in the women’s fours at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games at the age of 61 years and 10 months. She took up competitive lawn bowls in 1975 when she was nearly fifty years of age. A three-time World Champion (Melbourne 1985 fours, Auckland 1988 triples & fours) and skip of the 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medal fours lineup, Roche’s record matches up against the best on the world stage. Testament to her exceptional consistency throughout her career, Roche won a state-level game every year. Following on from her Commonwealth Games success, in 1990 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to lawn bowls. In 2015, Roche was inducted into the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame. Dorothy passed away in November 2021, aged 93.
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