Shepparton Park bowler Josh Thornton is looking forward to taking on the nation's best when he takes to the rinks in Tweed Heads at the Australian Indoor Singles Championships next week.GREGOR MACTAGGART August 14, 2014 3:10am
Shepparton Park Bowls Club member Josh Thornton will be competing at the Australian Indoor Championships at Tweed Heads next week.
Life could not be much better right now for Josh Thornton.
The 32-year-old has recently made Shepparton home after accepting a new role as North East Victoria regional manager for Bowls Australia.
But for all the work, there is still the opportunity to play for Thornton, who flies out tomorrow bound for Tweed Heads, where he will compete at next week’s Australian Indoor Singles Championships.
‘‘This is the first time for me to qualify for this and now I’m down to the last 32 in the country,’’ Thornton said.
‘‘There were seven qualifying sections throughout Victoria and I won the event in the Goulburn Valley which was fantastic because I’ve been so close in the past on a number of occasions without quite getting there.’’
Getting to the nationals is only part of the story for Thornton, who has spent numerous hours at his new home club Shepparton Park honing his talents ahead of the trip north.
‘‘I’ve virtually lived here for the past two months, putting in the hours to be ready for the competition,’’ he said. ‘‘It has been a good way to introduce myself to the other members, the whole club has made me so welcome.’’
Among the rivals Thornton will come up against at Tweed Heads in the August 18 to 21 tournament are reigning champion Tony Woods from Clayton in Melbourne’s south-east, Brett Wilkie, who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and good mate Barrie Lester.
Lester, who won bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, will go from rival to teammate following the singles championship, with Thornton and Lester teaming up to tackle the national qualifier for the World Indoor Pairs.
The pairs competition runs from August 27 to 29 with the prize for the winners a trip to England in January.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.