Success at British Transplant Games

17/08/2018

Success at British Transplant GamesCongratulations to the British Transplant Games 2018 participants who represented the Western Trust, as they returned home from a successful trip to Birmingham. Eight transplant recipients and two donors took part in the games, bringing a total of six medals home to the West; one gold (100m), two silver (10 pin bowling and archery) and three bronze (snooker, cycling and discus).

Each of the participants thoroughly enjoyed the weekend of sport, showing off their competitive side whilst taking part in an unforgettable experience. Events at the games included swimming, track and field, darts and bowling.

As always we are extremely proud of each of these individuals for conquering their conditions and getting involved in the 2018 Transplant Games.

Participants were accompanied to the Games by Caroline McCloskey and Bridgeen Canning, Renal Home Therapies Nurses.  Speaking on behalf of everyone, Caroline said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my congratulations to all who participated in the Games. They should be extremely proud of themselves. All athletes showed great sporting ability and performed well in their categories.

“The team would also like to thank the Altnagelvin Renal Support Group for funding the bus to the airport and during their stay in Birmingham, as well as all those who donated during our virtual cycle in June.”

The annual British Transplant Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging patients to regain fitness, while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the organ donor register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the precious gift of life.