Clevedon athlete gets gold at World Transplant Games
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 July 2017
A Clevedon athlete has won a clutch of medals at the World Transplant Games.
Ella Gibson, aged 25, competed for Team GB and Northern Ireland at the event in Malaga where she won six of the country’s 360 medals – of which 166 were gold.
She claimed bronze medals in the 5km road race run, 5km individual bike time trial, 400m freestyle swim and 800m track run, while she bagged a silver in the 30km bike road race.
Things then got even better as she returned home with a coveted gold medal in the virtual triathlon.
Ella, who underwent a kidney transplant more than six years ago, said: “It was inspiring to meet so many other transplant recipients and hear their incredible stories of how they made it to the games.
“I’m so proud to be part of the outstanding team of the year, my fellow Team GB and NI athletes aren’t just amazing sportspeople but kind and supportive teammates and friends.”
Lynne Holt, Team GB manager, added: “All athletes at the World Transplant Games had to be at their peak physical fitness to compete which clearly demonstrates the benefits of organ transplantation.
“But perhaps more importantly, the games put a global spotlight on the need for organ donations and the need for more people to join the organ donation register.
“We are proud to have won 360 medals at the World Transplant Games against some very stiff competition.
“However, the true champions are the individuals that gave the gift of life, offering all these athletes their second chance to live.”
More than 1,000 athletes and donor families from 52 countries took part in the Games which are organised by Transplant Sport.
Ella qualified for the competition after winning three gold medals for Team Bristol at the British Transplant Games last year. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of transplantation and encourage transplant patients to return to fitness, as well as promoting the NHS Organ Donation Register.
To join the NHS Organ Donation Register, call 03001 232323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk