Commonwealth Games: Keeping calm helps Jo Edwards defend gold in lawn bowls

  • 09/04/2018

Nelson lawn bowler Jo Edwards defended her title as New Zealand won another five medals on day four of the Commonwealth Games.

The 48-year-old made it back-to-back golds in a tremendous comeback in the women's singles final after being behind by five shots twice.

Edwards was on the brink of defeat against Wales' Laura Daniels but rallied from 10-15 down to triumph 21-17.   

A drive on the 19th end - while fighting a four-point deficit - proved the turning point.   

Picking up three points to sit 17-16 behind, Edwards then stormed to five straight points and scooped up the gold medal on the 23rd end.   

Speaking to Newshub after her match, Edwards said she kept calm, stayed focused and that's what got her over the line.

"I was pretty calm, even when I was five down," she said.

"Usually I would be like 'oh god I'm five down I need to score', but tonight I was like 'I'm just five down, score a couple of ends, I might only be three down,' and it worked.

"I played a couple of big bowls at the time and put pressure on her at the end and luckily enough, I came out on top."

There will be no time to celebrate for Edwards, who will hit the greens on Monday morning for her women's pairs competition alongside Val Smith.   

"I'm playing in about 12 hours, so I owe it to my pairs partner to hit the ground running tomorrow," she said.

"At the end of the tournament, we might do some celebrating  after the games but certainly not now."