Dumfries bowler Rosemary Lenton wins Gold at the Commonwealth Games

Pauline Wilson and Rosemary Lenton celebrate winning in the Para Women's Credit: PA

Rosemary Lenton, along with her bowling partner Pauline Wilson, have won Scotland’s fourth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

They beat Australia's Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell in the Para Women’s Pairs event in Lawn Bowls by 17-5.

Rosemary, 72 from Dumfries, had never competed in the Commonwealth Games before and is one of the oldest competitors in its history.

Speaking after the victory Rosemary said "In bowling, this is our Olympics. We can't get any higher because there is nowhere else you can display your talent, so this is our Olympics and it feels like it.”

She also used the opportunity to urge women to take up the sport, saying "you'll make friends for a start, you'll learn new skills and even if you're just a social bowler it doesn't matter, it's all the friendships and the camaraderie around it all."

Reacting to the result her bowling club in Dumfriesshire said Rosemary's victory was "well deserved."

Crichton Royal Bowling Club said: "Congratulations Rosemary Lenton and Pauline Wilson. Gold!"

It added: "Very well done and well deserved. What a game and what players. See you when you get home."

It was an injury that left Rosemary in a wheelchair almost two decades ago that opened her eyes to the sport as a way to stay active.

Whilst Rosemary may be new to the Commonwealth Games she has represented Scotland at three World Bowls Championships, winning silver in the Mixed Pairs in New Zealand in 2015.  She has also competed in nine world championships in the sport of Wheelchair Curling.