TWENTY-TWO year-old Whitstable girl Sian Gordon returns home this week from “an unforgettable experience”, winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal on Sunday.
Sian was skip of the England women’s triples team who finished third in the event after a dramatic roller-coaster day.
Having surged through their qualifying group in ferocious humidity, Sian’s team came up against eventual gold medalists South Africa in the semi-final but were agonisingly beaten by one shot on the final end of a tie-break.
Sian said: “We lost the first set narrowly, totally dominated the second, and were 2-2 going into the last end of the tie break.
“We were holding a good one, but with the last bowl of the end their skip pinged the jack to win.”
That put England through to a bronze medal play-off against host nation India in front of a huge and noisy home crowd.
“It was gutting to lose the semi-final but we had to rally ourselves and play again against India.
“I think I actually felt more nervous going into that game because it would have been so disappointing to come home with nothing.
“It was a very hard fought game, and I am very pleased with how I played.
“We had the added bonus of huge insects as it was the evening session, but I was determined.
“Our bronze medal caps off an unbelievable experience, some very tough games and excellent opponents.
“I only hope that I am part of many more top championships.”