October 6th. 2018. Brian Donovan has won a gold medal in the Bowls Singles and a bronze medal in the Bowls Pairs at the 16th Australian Transplant Games recently held on the Gold Coast. Also reported in the Manningham Leader dated 15 October 2018.

Over the six days there were many different events held, including athletics, tennis, squash, badminton, darts, pétanque, table tennis, board games, and of course lawn bowls. The bowls venue was at the Broadbeach Bowls Club.


There were 700 participants from all over Australia, also some from New Zealand and a contingent from Thailand.  These participants all have had ‘The Gift of Life’  transplants, including liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung and cornea. Brian had his kidney transplant 37 years ago.

Brian instigated the Australian Transplant Games in 1988 and since then they have been held in many cities around Australia. In Victoria they have been in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and Shepparton. There is a World Transplant Games Federation also. Brian has attended these games several times and has won medals in this worldwide competition. Once in Budapest he was in the team which won the Senior 4 x 100 relay, in Singapore a bronze medal in Tennis Doubles, in Vancouver a silver in the Bowls Pairs, and then in Manchester another gold in Table Tennis Pairs.

Brian’s very proud  daughter Marlena summed up his achievements perfectly on a Facebook posting



Photos above are ….Brian and his Pairs partner. The medal winners in the Singles and Brian’s gold and bronze medals…..


Hopefully there will also be an article in the ‘ local rag’. Watch your letter box…..Lyn Goodman.


Extract from Manningham Leader 15 October 2018.