Jumping and throwing may have dominated the day, but the action on the greens of the Broadbeach Bowls Club played an equally important part in lifting South Africa to fourth place in the medal tally at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
While the so-called youngsters performed in the field at the athletics stadium, South Africa’s oldest representative at the Games rocked the greens.
Sixty-seven-year-old para-bowler Princess Schreuder and skip Philipus Walker, directed by Graham Ward and Johanna van Rooyen, lost 12-9 to hosts Australia.
They still walked away with the silver medal, however, in the mixed B2/B3 pairs division for competitors that are blind or partially blind.
Walker and Schreuder found themselves on the backfoot from the get-go, trailing 9-1 after the sixth end, but they managed to fight their way back into the match.
“It is always a wonderful experience to win a medal for South Africa, especially when you are playing against people that are very gifted like the Australians,” Walker said.
“They (Australia) are used to this green, but we gave them a lekker go, so it was a wonderful experience to win the silver medal.”
South Africa’s bowlers have now secured three medals at the Games courtesy of Colleen Piketh’s bronze in the singles and the quartet of Esme Kruger, Nicolene Neal, Johanna Snyman and Elma Davis’ silver in the women’s four.