Ath­letes ex­cel in trans­plant games

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

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.

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