2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Mark Noble

  • 20/03/2018
Mark Noble
NZ para bowler Mark Noble. Photo credit: Getty

Age: 55
Event: Para-Bowls
Born: 30 September 1962

Mark Noble will hope to go one better than at Glasgow four years ago and win gold on the Gold Coast.

The 2014 Silver Medallist has achieved plenty in his illustrious career, including 13 Wellington Open titles (embracing all disciplines and one Super Bowl), a Taranaki Super Bowl, three Wairarapa Open titles, the Wanganui Open singles, five Manawatu Open titles, two National Open disabled titles, one New Zealand Astro mixed triples and one Eight Nations silver medal.

But Noble is also a very gifted chess player, having won several awards in the sport from the early 1990s through to last year. He has won the New Zealand Correspondence Championships a record 13 times.

But before his career took off, Noble was involved in a severe car accident at the age of 13 and was left disabled, smashing his left hip. As a lawn bowler, he competes with able-bodied players.

After the accident, Mark’s contact sports career was over, so he switched to his parents’ longtime passion of bowls.