Clevedon organ recipient wins big haul of medals at British Transplant Games
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 August 2018
A Clevedon athlete who underwent a kidney transplant eight years ago has won five medals at a national competition.
Ella Gibson competed in the British Transplant Games in Birmingham from August 2-5 where she won three gold medals and two bronze in swimming, cycling and running.
It is the third national and international transplant competition Ella has taken part in, having previously enjoyed success at the British games in 2016 and worlds in 2017 which were held in Malaga.
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She received a kidney from her mum in 2010 but has still gone on to lead an active lifestyle since the operation.
Ella said: “There is always such an inspirational atmosphere at the Transplant Games due to the admiration all the athletes feel towards their donors.
“I am so happy to be leading a healthy and active life, and will forever be grateful to my mum, my donor.”
Ella’s five medals also helped the Bristol Adults Transplant Team win best overall team for the second year in succession.
More than 1,000 transplant recipients from across the UK competed at the games, joined by thousands of relatives and friends.
It was the largest number of athletes ever to take part with more than 50 teams vying for victory.
James Neuberger, chairman of the British Transplant Games local organising committee and trustee at Transplant Sport, said: “We were prepared to host the biggest games yet, but we were blown away with the number of people competing and showing their support.
“It was an absolute pleasure to host so many amazing athletes from all over the UK in Birmingham for the first time in so many years, and have the opportunity to shout about the benefits of organ donation on a national stage.
“All the competitors should be very proud of themselves and everything they have achieved.”
As well as highlighting the life-changing effects organ transplants can have, the games also encourage recipients to keep fit while raising awareness of the need for more people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register.