Dan Salmon already has golden memories of the Gold Coast after winning the World Youth Championships at Broadreach Bowls Club last year.
Now, the 23-year-old painter and decorator from Cardiff wants to add to his title success down under by adding a Commonwealth Games gong to his mounting collection when he competes in the Singles and pairs next month.
Groomed for stardom from the age of 15, when he became the youngest player to represent Wales indoors, he also picked up a silver medal at the open Pairs competition at the World Indoor Bowls Championship with Damian Doubler last year.
The fact his biggest win to date came on the same greens on which the battle for medals will be fought at the Gold Coast Games is bound to fill Salmon, who started playing at Whitchurch Bowls Club at the age of 10, with confidence.
A string of domestic titles have fallen to him in recent years and he only lost out with Doubler on the World Indoor Pairs crown to the last bowl of the match. So, can he reach the podium once again?
“I’ve been to Broadbeach twice now, so I know what conditions to expect. I will use different woods to what I use back home because the greens are fast,” said Salmon, who beat Aussie rival Corey Wedlock to win the World Junior title.
Salmon will team up with Marc Wyatt in the Pairs event. It will be Wyatt’s third successive Commonwealth Games and he was a bronze medalist in the Triples in Glasgow in 2014.
The Men’s Fours have a strong look about them with two bronze medallists from Glasgow four years ago, Jon Tomlinson and Wyatt, and a recent World Junior Championship finalist, Ross Owen. Steve Harris completes the quartet, while Owen, Harris and Tomlinson will team up in the Triples.
The Fours line up in Section A alongside New Zealand, Canada, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands and will be hoping to match the golden achievements of Hafod Thomas, Jim Morgan, Robert Weale and Will Thomas who won the title in Edinburgh 32 years ago.
WELSH MEN’S BOWLS TEAM FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Singles: Daniel Salmon
Pairs: Daniel Salmon & Marc Wyatt
Triples: Ross Owen, Steve Harris & Jon Tomlinson
Fours: Ross Owen, Steve Harris, Marc Wyatt & Jon Tomlinson.
Team Manager: David Harding
WELSH MEN’S MEDALIST AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
1978 John Evans Bronze
1998 John Price Silver
2006 Rob Weale Silver
2010 Rob Weale Gold
1934 Thomas Davies & Stan Weaver Bronze
1978 Jim Morgan & Ray Williams Bronze
1982 Lyn Perkins & Spencer Wilshire Silver
1994 John Price & Rob Weale Silver
1998 Rob Weale & Rob Thomas Silver
2014 Paul Taylor, Jon Tomlinson & Marc Wyatt Bronze
1978 Ellis Stanbury, Gwyn Evans, Ian Sutherland & John Thomson Bronze
1986 Hafod Thomas, Jim Morgan, Robert Weale & Will Thomas Gold
1998 Dai Wilkins, Ian Slade, Mark Anstey & Neil Rees Bronze
2002 Dai Wilkins, Ian Slade, Jason Greenslade & Richard Bowen Bronze