Evergreen Platt ageing like a fine wine on Commonwealth Games debut

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Platt, 74, has been in fine form with partner Michelle White, racking up a second win of the Games against Scotland on Saturday
Platt, 74, has been in fine form with partner Michelle White, racking up a second win of the Games against Scotland on Saturday

By James Reid in Leamington Spa

Gill Platt may be one of the oldest debutants at the 2022 Commonwealth Games but showed has little sign of letting it affect her performance in the para lawn bowls women’s pairs.

Platt, 74, has been in fine form with partner Michelle White, racking up a second win of the Games against Scotland on Saturday.

The Surrey bowler has been playing nearly four decades but is only just making her Commonwealth bow this summer and is determined to show that age is just a number.

“You can play well no matter what age you are,” said Platt.

I’ve been playing for 38 years now, but to be here at my age, representing my country is just the icing on the cake for me. I still can’t believe I’m here.”

Platt and White had a rocky start to their Commonwealth campaign with defeat to South Africa but have bounced back with wins against New Zealand and Scotland.

The duo knows a win against Australia on Sunday will ensure progression to the knockouts, but Platt is still in shock that she is still competing at the Games.

I never thought I’d be here, never, ever thought in a million years that I would represent my country in the Commonwealth Games,” added Platt. “It’s something you don’t even think about.

“To be here, in England, playing well and hearing them all cheering you – people that don’t even know you shouting out – it’s fantastic.”

The pair secured the crucial win against Scotland after being made to wait until 6pm to get on the green but were roared on by the home crowd.

“This is our home,” said White. “You’ve got the crowd behind you; you can hear them shouting your name. It just spurs you on, it’s fantastic.

“We were up for today’s game. We’ve had a long day just sitting around waiting and you just really want to get out on that green and play.

“We’ve kept our calm, chilled out, had a really nice peaceful day and then gone and done the business on the green.”

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