From ‘the pits’ to the Commonwealths — how lawn bowls saved Tongan’s life

Gold Coast, Australia( CNN) Caroline Dubois is holding back tears. Standing before a concourse of people as they begin their countdown from 10, she looks for her family in the stands. Her pulsing is hastening. “Please don’t cry, ” she tells herself.

The Tongan cannot allow herself to lose her coolnes , not at the Commonwealth Games , not in front of hundreds of people , not with television cameras peering, and not with her teenaged daughter watching on.
On the dry khaki-colored green lawns of Broadbeach Lawn Bowls Club on a sultry Australian morning, the 53 -year-old arranges her hoofs on the matted. A gentle wind blows in from the Pacific Ocean.

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