Vale: John Jenkins

by BowlsSA on April 4, 2019

Bowls SA are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Life Member and Hall of Fame Inductee, John Jenkins.


John was involved as a volunteer at International, State and Club levels for a period spanning five decades, having his first taste of bowls administration at Mount Gambier in 1964 and being actively involved ever since. His role as World Bowls 1996 Committee Chairman saw him being appointed to organise the bowls event at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.


At a national level John spent six years as a delegate to the Australian Bowls Council, taking various roles including being the Chairman of the Rules Committee and initiating several innovations for the advancement of the sport.

He served his State on the Management Committee of the RSABA for eight years achieving the role of President in 1990/92. He was well known for his management of tournaments including the Australian Bowls Carnival in 1983 and was Tournament Director of the Jack High International Singles Tournament for two years.


John also ran the video coaching program and was Editor of the SA Bowler magazine and held various administrative roles at a number of the State’s member clubs.


Bowls SA would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the Jenkins family.