Athletes excel in transplant games
A TRIO of athletes have shown there is life after a transplant by taking centre stage in the European Transplant Games.
Tracy Baker, 40, from Neath, Sam Scothern, 24, from Pencoed, and Lewis Evans, 25, from Cardiff, have been funded through the Swansea 5K series, which was launched by the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales.
For the second year running, the charity has helped to sponsor Welsh athletes at the event, which this time was staged in Cagliari, Sardinia, at the end of June.
The games are open to all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow recipients, as well as dialysis patients.
Tracy, who took part in the 100m, 400m, long jump and ball throw, scored gold in the ball throw and bronze in the long jump, 100m and 400m.
Lewis competed in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and discus, with silver in shot put and bronze in javelin.
Meanwhile, Sam took part in the golf contest and won the silver medal.
They loved the chance to compete for their country and share their experiences with other patients.
Lewis said: “I took part in the games to show how life with chronic kidney disease doesn’t mean it’s the end and there is definitely life after transplant.
“My mam’s kidney has given me a second chance at life and I am going to take every opportunity to live life to the fullest.”
Tracy, Sam and Lewis, along with 12 other athletes funded by the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales, were also taking part in the British Transplant Games in Birmingham in August.