Bob McDonald (bowls)

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Bob McDonald
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Lang McDonald
Born(1933-04-21)21 April 1933
Died22 February 2006(2006-02-22) (aged 72)
Auckland, New Zealand
SportLawn bowls
ClubOnehunga BC

Robert Lang McDonald QSM (21 April 1933 – 22 February 2006) was a New Zealand lawn bowls player who competed at four Commonwealth Games, winning gold, silver and bronze medals in the men's pairs.[1]

Bowls career[edit]

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia, he won the men's pairs gold medal partnering Robbie Robson. Eight years later he won the silver medal again with Robson in the pairs at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. In 1974 he claimed his last Commonwealth Games medal with a bronze in the men's pairs.[2][3] He also competed in the 1978 Commonwealth Games.[4]

In addition to international success McDonald won the 1962 pairs title with Frank Livingstone and the 1973 fours title at the Australian National Bowls Championships when bowling for the Onehunga Bowls Club.[5][6]

Honours and awards[edit]

McDonald was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for community service in the 2002 New Year Honours.[7] He died in Auckland on 22 February 2006.[6]

In 2013, McDonald was an inaugural inductee into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. ^ Hawkes/Lindley, Ken/Gerard (1974). the Encyclopaedia of Bowls. Robert Hale and Company. ISBN 0-7091-3658-7.
  2. ^ Profile at the New Zealand Olympic Committee website
  4. ^ "Athletes and Results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ Bolsover, Godfrey (1959). Who's Who and Encyclopaedia of Bowls. Rowland Publishers Ltd (Pre isbn).
  6. ^ a b "Bowls: Popular bowler McDonald dies". New Zealand Herald. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  7. ^ "New Year honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Bowls legends honoured at inaugural Hall of Fame celebration". Bowls New Zealand. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.