Glasgow 2014: Stuart Airey hungry for gold after Delhi shock

Airey targets Glasgow gold

England bowls international Stuart Airey wants to put the disappointment of Delhi 2010 behind him at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Airey and team-mate Mervyn King were pipped to gold by South Africa, who won 8-7 13-13 in the final end, after England had led 13-4 in the second set.

"We were in total control, six shots up. It's something which will live with me forever," Airey told BBC Look North.

"I aim to put that right in Glasgow, and win the gold."

He added: "The South African skip played a ball out - a one in 100 - and ended up taking a six to tie the set which won the gold."

The Sunderland-born bowls player, who works in Carlisle and trains at Wigton Bowls Club, has a sympathetic bowls-loving boss at a steelworks company who has helped to facilitate training schedules and his attendance at the Games in July.

Preparations are already underway as Airey, who will compete in the triples and fours, bids for honours on his second Commonwealths appearance.

"We're going up a week early to play New Zealand in some warm-up Tests so that will sharpen us up," Airey added.

"The opening ceremony is on 23 July so we should be right on the money for that."