2003 Pine Rivers Shire Council Australia Day Awards – Mary Albrow

2003 Pine Rivers Shire Council Australia Day Awards – Mary Albrow

2003 Pine Rivers Shire Council Australia Day Awards – Mary Albrow

At the 2003 Pine Rivers Australia Day Awards Mary Albrow of Dayboro received the Senior Sports Award for her remarkable feats at the 2002 Australian Transplant Games on the Gold Coast where she won silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 50m backstroke. It really was remarkable as Mary, who received a liver transplant in 1995, only learnt to swim that year. She also won bronze in the 3km walk, bronze in lawn bowls, silver in 10-pin bowling and bronze in tennis.
Since then Mary has competed in five World Transplant Games in Thailand, France, England, Canada and in 2017 in Spain where, at the age of 72 Mary “Nan” Albrow as they affectionately call her, won a staggering five gold medals in swimming.
Mary was devastated when her son Peter passed away suddenly in February 2016. By pledging to donate his organs, Peter helped six other people, a fact that Mary is very proud of.
For those people who wish to pledge their organs but who have not signed up to the Australian Organ Donor Register, Mary has a simple message…”Why wouldn’t you do it? You are going to go in the ground or up the chimney when you die; why not give someone else a second chance to live.”