India shining at Commonwealth Games

Wales's Daniel Salmon left and Marc Wyatt delivered more than telling bowls in earning a shock men's pairs win over Scotland's defending champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster at the 2018 Gold Coast Games

The wave of admiration and awe that transformed perceptions of people with disabilities was one of the uplifting successes of the Commonwealth Games because there was a genuinely inclusive vibe on the Gold Coast.

Having made a first major final in their history, they played with confidence throughout and it was hosts Australia who failed to deliver under pressure.

Helen Housby, from near Wigton, scored in the final second to give England a 52-51 victory. Every other Commonwealth final had taken place between Australia and New Zealand.

But third-ranked England upset the odds to claim victory over the favourites on a remarkable day of action.

WA boxer Caitlin Parker, of Gosnells, took silver after losing to Wales' Lauren Price 4-1 in the gold medal bout of the women's 75kg class.

It is England's first Commonwealth title, coming in their very first final against a side that had hardly been challenged until now.


She described the win as the best day of her life.

Victory in the final came after Jo Harten's last-second goal sealed their 56-55 semi-final win over Jamaica and coach Tracey Neville admitted the stress had got to her.

Sunday's impressive result comes ahead of the netball world cup which is being held in Liverpool next year, and in which Neville's team are sure to be favourites.

Geva Mentor, playing at her fifth games, said: "I hope this lifts our profile.We've got a World Cup in our back yard and it's time to cement what we've achieved here". No words can describe that England Netball doing something we've all dreamed of.

Speaking after the game, Ward admitted feeling overcome with elation at winning the bronze while also thanking his team-mates for their ability to provide him with plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

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