Don Dorans

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Don Dorans was born in 1912 and he was one of the most, if not the most respected bodybuilders in modern British history. He earned the “Mr. Britan” title in 1943, “Mr. Europe” in his class in 1950 and “Mr. Universe” during the same year. Dorans was recognized as The Finest Developed Man in the World at his height.

Don Dorans

Don Dorans

Following definite success on many contests, Don Dorans created his very own bodybuilder course titled “The ‘Mr. Britain’ Course” which became very popular for a good reason – who else would you turn to in order to mold your body other than someone with “Mr. Universe” title?

One of the exercises from his course

One of the exercises from his course

Aside from creating and marketing this course, Don often wrote articles for Health & Strength Magazine. He died in 1999 at the age of 87.

 

 

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  1. My Great Uncle Don. The only thing that he regreted that he never won his titles in his real name Antimo Donatelli x

  2. I would like to claim Don was Scots Italian as before departing to England he spent his early years in the West of Scotland and retired to Prestwick. He featured for many years in the Health and Strength magazines, I have several of these. I am friends with Ray Nobile, now living in Bulgaria who knew and trained with Don. Like me he was unaware of Don’s real name, we were recently discussing whether Don had, in his retirement, trained at my old club Ayr Health & Strength club. When Ray visited him in Prestwick he said he was working out at a local gym. Would be delighted if you could add to what we know, happy to send you some of my findings, he was one of the most covered athletes from his era.
    Here is a partial summary of Ray’s achievements. Training since the age of 13. the year being 1964. im from scotland but now live in bulgaria.still training at 67 . i have competed in body building,powerlifting and strongman. 3 times junior mr scotland.mr scotland,mr europe masters. 4 times british powerlifting champion.world cup powerlifting champion and european powerlifting champion.3 times scotlands strongest man.2 times competitor in britains strongest man.in the first bsm which was televised, i won 3 events outright.tore 16 london telephone directories in 1 minute. only competitor to complete the backlift and won the car deadlift. after 8 events i was in 2nd place to geoff capes. with 4 events to go. however i had injured my lower back doing the backlift so just had to cruise through the final events.ended up 4th overall.started competing from 1967 till 1998.1998 I won the world bodybuilding championships in south africa with the fire and police federation.

  3. Barbara your comment on your Uncle Don’s real name interests me. sounds Italian. I am friends with Powerlifter, Bodybuilder Ray Nobile who trained with Don presumably at Cambuslang. Ray’s father is Italian, he finds it strange that the subject of his real name never came up .As you no doubt know, we have a large number of Scots Italians in the West of Scotland. Ray said that he spoke to Don after he retired to Scotland, Don settled in Prestwick and apparently was doing some training at a local gym in Ayr. I was a member of Tam McKean’s Ayr Health & Strength Club I would suspect Don would have known Tam, the founder of the gym who may have given a key to train in private. Tam was a major figure in the world of Weights starting from about 1920. My friend and I are doing a profile on vintage Scottish weight trainers, many years my friend described meeting a unknown bodybuilder one Sunday morning who was doing heavy bench presses. The description given fits with it being Don. I have a number of vintage magazines featuring don, one includes the story of him going south on his bike and taking up residence in Biggleswade Edinburgh. Hope you get to see this post, I look forward to learning more from a family perspective on Don. Happy to give more information fro the Magazines I hold Adam.

    1. Hi My Great Uncle Don was born in Deptford London and his family moved to Scotland when he was really young. My Uncle and his brothers were orphaned and ended up Staying with Mrs Dorans their foster mum. My granpa his big brother Joe was a weight lifter and won many a contest.

  4. Hi My Great Uncle Don was born in Deptford London and his family moved to Scotland when he was really young. My Uncle and his brothers were orphaned and ended up Staying with Mrs Dorans their foster mum. My granpa his big brother Joe was a weight lifter and won many a contest. His family were from Monte San Biago.

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