Scotland’s George Miller becomes the Commonwealth’s oldest gold medalist at 75

As he basked in the satisfaction of becoming the oldest gold medalist in Commonwealth Games history, George Miller encouraged people of all ages to take up sport.

“Everything is there to prove it,” he told the BBC. “Everyone can try any sport. Bowling is easier for older people, but any sport; footy, rugby, whatever. Go out, exercise, play games, compete. It’s great no matter what age you are.”

Scotland’s Miller, 75, is the principal manager of Melanie Innes, who along with Robert Barr and his manager Sarah Jane Ewing won the B2/B3 mixed doubles bowls for Scotland, defeating Wales by 16-9 in the final.

“I never thought this could happen. We’ve worked really, really hard and we’ve somehow managed to win all our games. Really great,” Innes said.

Innes and Barr are visually impaired. As directors, Miller and Ewing help by allowing the players to paint a mental picture of the pitch, explaining at what angle and distance the bowl is from the jack and helping them find a line. Innes described Miller’s contributions as invaluable.

“I couldn’t do it without George. You can’t see what’s going on or how the balls work, so George has to give me the information so I can visualize it,” he said.

The event was guaranteed to crown a new older champion as there was a 75-year-old on each side, with Welshman Gordon Llewellyn, director of Julie Thomas, just five months younger than Miller. In the end, Scotland won comprehensively. As the group digested their victory, Miller gave no indication that there was an end point in sight.

“It’s great. It’s fantastic. A year ago I never dreamed I’d be here. I got a phone call and to be honest, I almost fell off my chair. Here we are, where do we go from here?” he said

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    The previous record was set just two days ago by her 72-year-old Scottish team-mate Rosemary Lenton when she won the women’s pairs title alongside 58-year-old Pauline Wilson.

    “I took to bowls, really as a social thing, to get out of the house and mingle with people,” Lenton said Wednesday. “When I was at the bowls, someone also suggested that I do wheelchair curling. You can’t sit at home and wait for the world to come to you, you have to make the effort and go out and meet other people.”

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