With just 2 days to go until the start of the British Transplant Games 2018 in Birmingham, athletes from across the UK are getting ready to compete.
The event is due to be the largest ever Games with more than 1000 transplant athletes and over 2000 supporters registered as it returns to Birmingham after 19 years.
This year, seven competitors will represent the Plymouth Transplant Games Team and Derriford Hospital:
Steve Jarvis (40-49 years) based in St Austell will be competing in High Jump, Long Jump, 100m track, 200m track, 400m track and the track and swim relay. Steve has recently been successful in winning the High Jump and the Long Jump in the English Master Championship representing the South West.
Janet Jenkins (50-59 years) based in Plymouth will be competing in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50m breaststroke, swim relay and Shot Putt.
Louise McNeill (40-49 years) based in Plymouth will be competing in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and swim relay. These will be Louise’s first British Transplant Games having had her transplant in February this year.
Keith Parsons ( 50-59 years) based in Plymouth will be competing in 5k cycling time trial, 100m track, 200m track, Long Jump, High Jump and Track relay.
John Wollington (60-69 years) based in Plymouth will be competing in Archery, Ten pin bowling, Lawn Bowls, Javelin and Ball throw.
Terry Wright (70-79 years) based in Looe, Cornwall will be competing in Table tennis, 5K walk, 100m track, 200m track and 400m track
Paul Tucker (40-49 years) based in Beesands, Devon will be competing in Badminton, Tennis, Volleyball, Long Jump and 200m track.
Held over four days at the University of Birmingham and other venues across the city, the Westfield Health British Transplant Games include more than 20 sporting events and competitions including everything from cycling and snooker to swimming and football.
The Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening commences with the 50+ teams from around the UK, parading from Victoria Square to the Symphony Hall. For the first time at the British Transplant Games, an attempt will be made for the Guinness World Record, for the ‘Largest gathering of organ transplant recipients’.
James Neuberger, Chair of the British Transplant Games Local Organising Committee, a Trustee of Transplant Sport and Consultant Transplant Physician at QEHB is looking forward to the Games.
“The run-up to the Games is always an exciting time but this year is set to be the biggest and best yet”, said James.
“We can’t wait to welcome athletes from across the UK to Birmingham for the first time in so many years and for such an amazing cause. I want to wish the very best of luck to all the athletes that are busy preparing, we are very much looking forward to meeting them in just a few days’ time!”
Team Manager, John Wollington said: “This is a truly inspiring event that brings together both transplant recipients, supporters including staff from the various transplant units and most importantly the members of the Donor Family Network including live donors to whom all the competitors are eternally grateful.
“Of course, it is a sporting event and the Plymouth team will be hoping to bring home some medals. This year is a selection event for next year’s World Transplant Games in Newcastle so the competition is sure to be tough”.
Open to all transplant recipients, the Games seeks to celebrate the life-changing effects of transplantation, encourage transplant patients to regain fitness, while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes now with their families.