Tugun bowler Les Comino (left) and George Thompson.
Tugun bowler Les Comino (left) and George Thompson.

Sparkling celebration for Comino

TUGUN lawn bowler Les Comino has proven you can be an architect of your own fortune, particularly with your health, as he reached a perfect pair of milestones last week.

Comino celebrated his 90th birthday last Wednesday at his home bowling club and was presented with the Patriarch Medal by head of districts representative George Thompson.

It was a significant week for Comino who celebrated his diamond (60 year) wedding anniversary with wife Betty the following day. The pair met at Royal Brisbane Hospital where he was a doctor and she had escorted her niece with a broken finger to the emergency department.

For Comino, the moment in time sparked something he would always carry in his heart. The couple was married six weeks after their initial meeting.

Comino, known as “Doc” to his close friends, has always had a connection with sport. In his youth he played cricket, judo, snooker, billiards and at university he was a rower, coxing a team of four. In the 1960s he used his medical skills to treat international cricketers and was great friends with the late Wally Grout, the famous Australian Test wicketkeeper.

About 25 years later, Comino retired and moved from Carina to Currumbin Waters, which also marked his start in lawn bowls at Tugun Bowls Club. Comino said he had enjoyed sport his whole life and took up bowls because he had trouble with his hip.

“I couldn’t play tennis or golf anymore and I still wanted to do something competitive with camaraderie,” he said.

“It’s a great sport and I usually play twice a week but I haven’t played recently because I had hurt vertebrae. I fractured my lumbar but I am slowly getting through and I am on the mend.”

The healthy habits Comino acquired in his youth have made all the difference to his senior years. “I have always lived clean; no smoking and not much drinking but it is the tender loving care of my wife Betty of 60 years ... I couldn’t have done it without her.”



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