FORMER Corowa Services bowler Josh Thornton has been selected in Australia’s para-sport team for the Commonwealth Games.
Thornton, who moved to Shepparton four years ago, said he was ecstatic to make the 17-member side to compete on the Gold Coast.
“I’m over the moon,” Thornton, 36, said.
“We have known for a couple of weeks now and it’s a relief to be able to tell family and friends.
“Mum and Dad are still at Wahgunyah and I call myself a Wahgunyah boy.
“Corowa Services will always be my home club and East Shepparton is my newly adopted club and I love them to bits as well.”
Thornton joined Shepparton Park for a season after leaving Corowa Services and has spent the last three years as coach of East Shepparton.
He skipped a rink in Corowa Services’ grand final victory over Wodonga in 2008 and took out back-to-back singles titles at Corowa Services as a youngster.
The former Ovens and Murray representative will take part in several training camps between now and the Commonwealth Games in April.
Head coach Steve Glasson said the squad would look to build on the nation’s strong performances at recent games.
“The Australian team have had a successful three years or so on the international arena since our last games, but we know the competition at this event is always extremely fierce and we will need to be at the top of our game in order to fend of a number of other international powerhouses,” Glasson said.