A team of King’s College Hospital transplant patients went to Birmingham to compete in the British Transplant Games from the 2 – 5 August.
The British Transplant Games are the flagship project of the charity Transplant Sport and have been happening for over 30 years since the first Transplant Olympics took place in Portsmouth in 1978.
The event this year was the largest ever Games with more than 1,000 transplant athletes and over 2,000 supporters attending.
The King’s Children’s Transplant Team also had their biggest ever team this year, with 24 children heading to Birmingham to compete.
The team took home a total of 46 medals – 16 gold, 17 silver and 13 bronze. One of the team, Elspeth French, was a joint winner (with two others) of the Best Child for the ages 15-17.
King’s live donors also took part in the Obstacle Race and the Live Donor swim relay, winning silver and bronze medals in the swimming.
Jo Ramsay, the manager of the King’s Children’s Transplant Team, said about the event, “The team had a great British Transplant Games and, most importantly for us, the team supported each other, friendships were formed, and they all want to come back next year!
"We would love more King's families to join us for the next games which are in Newport, Wales, at the end of July 2019.”
The King’s Adult’s Transplant Team this year consisted of 20 competitors, four living donors and 11 supporters.
They took home an impressive 32 gold medals, five silver and eight bronze – a total of 45 medals.
The games are an opportunity for children and adults who have had transplants to meet others who also have. In addition it gives parents and siblings a chance to meet other families who have had similar experiences.
Find out more on the British Transplant Games website.
An amazing 17 members of our adult’s team and five members of our children’s team have also been selected to represent Great Britain and compete at the World Transplant games next year, look out for updates nearer the time.