David John Bryant, CBE, is a three-time World Singles bowls champion and also a three-time World Indoor Singles champion who has won 5 Commonwealth Games Gold medals. Our local superstar Bryant was born in Clevedon back in 1931.

Bryant’s bowling achievements

  • Winner of twenty World & Commonwealth titles
  • Represented England at outdoor & indoor bowls throughout the world over 35 years
  • England Team Captain 1993 –1996
  • Three times World Outdoor Singles Champion
  • Once World Outdoor Triples Champion
  • Twice World Outdoor team gold medallist
  • Three times World Indoor Singles Champion
  • Six times World Indoor Pairs Champion
  • Five Commonwealth Games gold medals (four for Singles, one for fours)
  • Holder of 14 British Isles Titles (eight for Singles)
  • Holder of 26 National Titles (15 for Singles)
  • Winner of numerous International Tournaments including two Superbowl, two UK Singles, three Kodak Masters, four Gateway Masters and two Woolwich Masters
  • Sportswriters Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Sport’ 1979 (awarded after David won singles gold medals at 4 Commonwelath Games (Perth, Edinburgh, Christchurch and Edmonton).Gold medals in 4 separate Games was a Games record.
  • Bowls International ‘Bowler of the Year’ in 1981 and 1982
  • Daily Telegraph/Woolwich – ‘Bowler of the Year’ 1988
  • HTV & Bristol Evening Post ‘Sports Personality of the West’ 1988
  • Life member of the English Bowling Association
  • Life member of the English Indoor Bowling Association
  • Life member of the World Indoor Bowls Council
  • President of English Bowls Players Association
  • President of the Professional Bowls Association
  • Patron of ‘The Francis Drake Fellowship’
  • Trustee of EBA Charity Trust (resigned)
  • Qualified for the final stages of the National Championships (at Paddington, Mortlake and Worthing) fifty times over a fifty year spell
  • MBE for‘Services to Bowls’ 1969
  • CBE for ‘Services to Bowls’ 1980
  • Pipeman of the Year – 1986

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Outdoor
1966 World Championships Sydney, Australia Singles Gold Medal
Pairs Bronze Medal
1976 World Championships Johannesburg, South Africa Singles Bronze Medal
Triples Silver Medal
Team Silver Medal
1980 World Championships Melbourne, Australia Singles Gold Medal
Triples Gold Medal
Team Gold Medal
1984 World Championships Aberdeen, Scotland Singles Bronze Medal
Pairs Silver Medal
1988 World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Singles Gold Medal
Pairs Silver Medal
Team Gold Medal
1962 Commonwealth Games Perth, Australia Singles Gold Medal
Fours Gold Medal
1970 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland Singles Gold Medal
1974 Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand Singles Gold Medal
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada Singles Gold Medal
1973 South African Games Pretoria, South Africa Singles Silver Medal
Pairs Bronze Medal
Team Gold Medal
Indoor
1979 World Indoor Championships Coatbridge, Scotland Singles Gold Medal
1980 World Indoor Championships Coatbridge, Scotland Singles Gold Medal
1981 World Indoor Championships Coatbridge, Scotland Singles Gold Medal
1986 World Indoor Championships Bournemouth, England Pairs Gold Medal
1987 World Indoor Championships Bournemouth, England Pairs Gold Medal
1987 World Indoor Championships Coatbridge, Scotland Singles Runner Up
1989 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Gold Medal
1990 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Gold Medal
1991 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Gold Medal
1992 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Gold Medal
1993 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Runner Up
1995 World Indoor Championships Preston, England Pairs Runner Up

OVER 55’s SINGLES NATIONAL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

Outdoor
Singles Winner 1989, 1990
Indoor
Singles Winner 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1982
Singles Runner up 1966, 1993
Pairs Winner 1982
Pairs Runner up 1983
Fours Runner up 1977, 1979

SOMERSET COUNTY OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Singles Winner 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982
Singles Runner up 1958, 1962, 1971
Pairs Winner 1953, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1986
Pairs Runner up 1959, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1989, 2002, 2003
Triples Winner 1962, 1966, 1971, 1974, 1977
Triples Runner up 1969, 1975, 1985
Fours Winner 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982
Fours Runner up 1962

TELEVISED NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

Outdoor
Kodak International Masters Worthing, England Singles Gold Medal 1978, 1979, 1982
Singles Bronze Medal 1980, 1981
Gateway International Masters Worthing, England Singles Gold Medal 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
Singles Silver Medal 1983
Woolwich International Masters Worthing, England Singles Gold Medal 1988, 1989
Woolwich Scottish Masters Aberdeen, Scotland Singles Runner up 1991
Indoor
John Player Classic Darlington, England Singles Winner 1981
Ushers Triple Brown Classic Folkestone, England Singles Winner 1982
C.I.S. International Masters Wymondham Dell, Norfolk Singles Winner 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Pairs Winner 1986
C.I.S UK Singles Preston, England Singles Winner 1983, 1989
Singles Runner up 1986
Tyne Tees Best of Three Darlington, England Singles Winner 1984, 1986
Granada Liverpool Victoria Superbowl Manchester, England Singles Winner 1984, 1987
Singles Runner up 1985
Welsh Classic Bridgend, West Glamorgan, Wales Singles Winner 1986
C.I.S Scottish Indoor Masters Coatbridge, Scotland Singles Winner 1990

BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Outdoor Singles Winner 1960, 1971, 1972, 1973
Indoor Singles Winner 1967, 1969, 1977, 1979
Outdoor Pairs Winner 1965, 1974
Indoor Pairs Winner 1983
Outdoor Triples Winner 1986
Outdoor Fours Winner 1969, 1971

NATIONAL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

Outdoor Singles Winner 1960, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
Outdoor Singles Runner up 1978
Outdoor  Pairs  Winner  1965, 1969, 1974
Outdoor Pairs Runner up 1959
Outdoor Triples Winner 1966, 1977, 1985
Outdoor Fours Winner 1957, 1968, 1969, 1971
Outdoor Fours Runner up 1976

OTHER MAJOR NON-TELEVISED TOURNAMENTS

Outdoor
Clevedon Open Tournament Singles Winner 1956, 1986, 1987
Bath Open Tournament Singles Winner 1956
Bideford Open Tournament Singles Winner 1956
Jersey Masters Tournament Singles Winner 1971
Toshiba West of England Invitation Singles Tournament Singles Winner 1980, 1987, 1988
City of Westminster Invitation Tournament Singles Winner 1989
Hastings Open Tournament Singles Winner 1969
Indoor
Teesside International Masters Singles Winner 1970, 1973. 1974, 1975
Dundee Invitation Masters Singles Winner 1979
Ely Invitation Masters Singles Winner 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988
Mackeson Invitation Tournament Flyde Blackpool Singles Winner 1989

NATIONAL ENGLAND INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS…

Singles Winner 1964-1965-1967-1969-1971-1972-1977-1979-1983
Singles Runner up 1966-1993
Pairs Winner 1982
Pairs Runner up 1983
Fours Runner up 1977-1979

INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES FOR ENGLAND (HOME INTERNATIONAL SERIES ONLY – IE NOT INCLUDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES, ETC)…

Outdoor 1958-1959-1961-1962-1964-1965-1966-1967-1968-1969-1970-1971-1972-1973-1974-1975-1977-1978-1979-1980-1981-1982-1982-1983-1985-1986-1987-1989-1990-1991 (30 series).
Indoor 1965-1966-1967-1968-1969-1970-1971-1972-1973-1974-1975-1977-1978-1979-1980-1981-1982-1983-1984-1985-1986-1987-1988-1989-1990-1991-1992 (27 series)