Aron has gold glow

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So often in top level sport the pain of a heartbreaking defeat drives athletes on to greatness, as Steven Maher reports for the Central Coast Express. That is exactly the case for brilliant Central Coast lawn bowler Aron Sherriff. Four years ago at the Commonwealth Games in India Sherriff missed out on a shot at gold medal glory. He went into the pairs alongside Mark Berghofer as a hot medal prospect. But the in-form pair just missed out on the medal rounds. Now Sherriff, 28, is itching for another crack at gold. He will play singles and pairs (with Brett Wilkie) at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games starting this month. Since 2010 Sherriff has been in career-best form, winning several events and also claiming a world title in 2012 as a part of Australia’s successful fours team. He also showed his class with a strong win in the Eight Nations tournament in Scotland a year ago. Despite the success, what Sherriff has been dreaming of for four years is Commonwealth Games gold. “This is huge, I can’t wait,’’ said Sherriff, who bowls for Ettalong. “For us this is our Olympics, we get to rub shoulders with some greats of world sport. Even though I was disappointed in 2010 it was an amazing experience. “Hopefully this will be the same but with more success on the greens.’’ Sherriff has been a part of the Australian setup for more than seven years. He said he had never felt better prepared for a major event. He is injury free, fit and raring to go. Sherriff will leave with the rest of the squad this Friday and will have nearly two weeks to familiarise himself with what he expects to be slow greens in Glasgow.