Chestneys are hoping to hear the rousing sounds of success in Australia
PUBLISHED: 13:35 03 April 2018
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Having both suffered the pain of losing a Commonwealth Games final four years ago, King's Lynn husband and wife bowlers Jamie and Natalie Chestney are determined to go one better at the Gold Coast.
In Glasgow, Natalie – who had become the youngest ever female Commonwealth champion four years previously – was beaten in the singles final while Jamie had to settle for second place in the men’s fours.
Both have the chance to avenge those defeats and are intent on hearing long jumper Jazmin Sawyers and 2017 Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers reworked version of anthem Jerusalem atop the medal podiums.
Natalie, 28, said: “I’ve heard it, I think it’s great and really uplifting. Singing that on the podium is what we’re all hoping to do. We’re going for gold, for sure.”
As well as having each other for support, the Chestneys will be cheered on my several family members set to jet Down Under.
Jamie will compete in the men’s triples and fours, with Natalie going in the women’s pairs and fours.
So the Chestney fan club will spend plenty of hours in the grandstand at Broadbeach Bowls Club and Jamie feels their presence can make all the difference.
The 31-year-old said: “My dad and his wife are coming over, and Nat’s parents are coming over as well. Quite a lot of the players have got friends or family coming over, so we will have a bit of support – though not when we’re playing Australia! We all enjoy playing in front of big crowds, it’s what we play the game for, so it should be good.
“It’s the only time we get to interact with all the other sports and the only time every four years we are seen as equal to those sports, so it’s something we really look forward to. For us, this is the pinnacle.”
Natalie agrees: “When you’re playing tense games, or medal games, it makes a huge difference to have a crowd behind you cheering you on, and spurring you on to do better.”
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