Rosemary Lenton refuses to let age get in the way of her Commonwealth journey

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Rosemary Lenton refuses to let age get in the way of her Commonwealth journey.

Rosemary Lenton continued to inspire as she refused to let age get in the way of her lawn bowls Commonwealth Games campaign, despite a 19-7 defeat to England in the para women’s pairs in Leamington Spa.

Lenton, 72, is the oldest member of Team Scotland at the 2022 Games in Birmingham and competed alongside Pauline Wilson on another successful day of bowls for Scotland.

The Dumfries bowler admitted she couldn’t believe she has been picked to represent her adopted home country after moving from Yorkshire over 40 years ago and encouraged more older and disabled people to get involved.

“It’s an absolute dream come true. 20 years ago, I was lying in a hospital bed didn’t know what was in front of me,” said Lenton after an infection that left her competing in a wheelchair.

“I never think about my age. If I’m fit and able to do something, then I’ll do it, age is secondary.

“I hope more and more older people start to take up the game, you’re never too late. Don’t think just because you’ve got your pension you will stop doing everything, it could be the start.”

There was success across the greens for Scotland, with legendary men’s pairs Alex Marshall and Paul Foster securing qualification to the knockouts with a 18-11 win over Canada as they were roared on by a boisterous Tartan Army in the crowd.

There was victory too for men’s triples Darren Burnett, Iain McLean, and Stewart Anderson as they were roared on to edge New Zealand 15-14 and McLean hailed the Scottish support.

‘It’s brilliant, it really is,” said McLean. “It’s the extra man and great to have that support.”

“You feel good when you’ve got people cheering you on, and when you feel good you play well, and I think that showed.

“When you’ve got those people there it spurs you on to win the game.”

Elsewhere, Scotland went down 83-30 to Australia in netball at the NEC but Niamh McCall felt there were plenty of positives to take.

“We have just played the best in the world, and it was always going to go their way, but we kept our structure and gave it our best shot,” said McCall.

“We will learn from it and move on.

“The crowd was so loud and having them on our side was immense.

“My girlfriend, parents, brother and sister were in there too - we needed every little bit of help we could get out there and the crowd played a huge part in keeping us going.”

And assistant coach Sara Francis-Bayman felt there was more to come from her side.

She said: "Having a rest day on day one wasn't ideal, so it’s nice to get out there especially with a huge game against Wales coming up tomorrow.

“It’s one under our belt, we’ve got rid of the nerves and anxiety and had a good run out.

"I thought the mid-court generally had a good run-out and Iona Christian was great in attack.

“It’s tough against the Diamonds when you’re in the position that we are, but we’re happy with a lot of the stuff that we did."

There was success, however, in the squash, as Rory Stewart, Greg Lobban, Alan Clyne, and Georgia Adderley all progressed to the last 16 of the singles.

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