Commonwealth Games: New Zealand lawn bowlers' challenge to haters

Lawn bowls has been labelled 'boring' by many over the years, but Kiwis in the sport beg to differ - big time.

Jo Edwards is looking to clinch her third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast this month.

The 48-year-old has played a lot of sport and says lawn bowls takes the cake as "the hardest".

"It's not about physically being knackered when you come off the green," she says. "If we do well, we’re playing every day of the Commonwealth Games.

"It's a mentally challenging concentration sport of just repetitiveness... doing things well."

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First-time lawn bowlers often find they get "a little bit hooked", Edwards says, because it "should be easier than it is".

Anyone who thinks lawn bowls is boring should "get out there and do it", adds teammate Sue Curran.

"If people like us can do it and totally blind people can do it, just get out and give it a go."

Curran, 71, is competing in the partially sighted mixed pairs event, alongside David Stallard.

The Commonwealth Games kick off on April 4.

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