EVEN though there was no rowing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Henley still won a gold medal — well, sort of. Sian Honnor (née Gordon), who was a Henley Standard reporter for just over two years before she left late last year, was skip of the women’s triples bowls team that thrashed Australia 22-4 in the final.
Sian, 26, who joined the paper shortly after winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago, tells me that winning gold was an “unbelievable feeling” and a “dream come true”.
“Never did I imagine that I would be returning from Glasgow with a gold medal from my second Commonwealth Games,” she says.
“Not because I do not feel that I had the talent, but because the Games features the strongest bowling nations in the world — Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa, as well as the home nations who cannot be underestimated, especially when the competition is in Scotland.
“This particular tournament illustrated perfectly the highs and lows of sport as we lost in the quarter- finals of the fours discipline to South Africa on a wick, a lucky bowl on the last end of the match, after lying game. It was a cruel way to go out of the tournament, especially as this is exactly what happened in the triples quarter-final in Delhi.”