BOWLER Rob Weale feels he’s gone full circle after winning his first gold medal at his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance in Scotland 28 years ago.
Weale, a Welsh international, made a spectacular Games debut, clinching a gold medal in the fours’ lawn bowls event at Edinburgh in 1986.
Now the Hereford-born ace will be returning to Scotland to compete in the men’s singles and the pairs in eagerly-awaited Glasgow Games.
Weale tasted gold medal success four years ago in singles competition in the heat of Delhi, India.
“I have medalled six times at seven Gamers and I have achieved the most medals by a lawn bowler in the history of the Commonwealth Games,” said Weale, who lives in Hereford.
“I have been to eight Games – and the first one was in Edinburgh in 1986 so it has gone full circle for me.”
The 51-year-old Presteigne Bowls Club star is in action tonight with pairs’ partner Mark Harding.
And the singles competition gets underway next week and Weale is in a tough group which includes England’s Sam Tolchard and Australian Aaron Sheriff.
“Only two qualify from the group so it’s a very tricky singles draw,” admitted Weale.
“Sam topped my group in Delhi four years ago and I beat him in the semi-finals,” recalled Weale.
“Aaron is a top, top player, so I will have to be at my best.
“I have a record at the Games which I can be proud of,” he said,
“ I am proud to be a member of the Welsh squad and I would like to come away with a medal – and that’s the challenge I have set myself.”
The men’s singles final takes place on Friday, August 1.
Weale defeated Australian Leif Selby in a tie-break to win the gold medal match four years ago.
After winning the gold, Weale was named runner-up in the 2010 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award behind footballer Gareth Bale.
“This is the first time I will be playing in two events.
Meanwhile, three boxers who fought for the Hereford Times Cup at Hereford Sixth Form College in March will be competing at the Commonwealth Games.
Nathan Thorley, Charlene Jones and Kody Davies will all be representing the Wales boxing team in Glasgow.
Weale’s Commonwealth Games medal tally
1986 - Edinburgh: Gold (fours)
1994 – Victoria, Canada: Silver (pairs)
1998 – Kuala Lumpur: Silver (pairs)
2002 – Manchester: Bronze (singles)
2006 – Melbourne: Silver (singles)
2010 – Delhi: Gold (singles).