Blog: Vale Dr Brian Sando OAM

21 August 2012

ASADA pays tribute to the late Dr Brian Sando OAM, who lost his fight with pancreatic cancer at the beginning of August. Brian was 76.

Brian held a number of Board positions with the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASADA’s predecessor), and was appointed Chair of that organisation in June 2000. He continued in the role until March 2006 when ASDA became ASADA when the new governance structure was put in place. Brian continued to support ASADA as Deputy Chair of the ASADA Members group, and as Chair of the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Committee (and later ADRVP) until his passing on 4 August.

Brian’s tireless work in anti-doping was far reaching. He was an internationally recognised sports doctor, having been chair of the Australian Olympic Committee Medical Commission and a member of the Commonwealth Games Medical Commission. He worked as Medical Officer to seven Australian Olympic teams, the first being in Moscow in 1980. He attended three Commonwealth Games, 1986 (Edinburgh), 1994 (Victoria) and 1998 (Kuala Lumpur). His international contributions included being a Member of the FINA Doping Control Review Board and he was also a member of WADA’s Health Medical and Research Committee.

Brian was also involved in supporting local sport in his hometown of Adelaide, starting as Club Doctor with the Norwood Football Club in 1965, and continued in that role until 1990. He was a life member of the Adelaide Crows Football Club, where he served as Club Doctor from 1991 to 2008.

Brian was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1995 for his service to sports medicine; and in 2001 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001.

A true gentleman, Brian’s compassion for others was evident right to the end. His wise counsel, gentle nature and wonderful spirit will be sorely missed by all in the sporting community.