West Bridgford RFC stalwart & NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn has returned home from the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga with two bronze medals. This was the first time he has competed in the World Transplant Games since his liver transplant in 2013.
Having his 60th birthday while he was in Malaga made it a double celebration. His family made the trip to Malaga including his daughter Nikki who flew in from Brisbane, Australia. He had a total of 16 family members to support him. #gunnsontour See photo
His medals were for Squash and Mixed Padel Tennis (a blend of squash and tennis). He missed out on medals in the tennis singles and doubles.
He said “I am truly amazed that I have won two bronze medals at such a prestigious event. My thanks must go to Rushcliffe Squash Club, The Rushcliffe Arena Sports Centre and Lady Bay Tennis Club. Finally an enormous thank you to my friend and personal trainer Yusuf Paterson-Mosafeer who enabled me to get to a level of fitness I have not been at for over 10 years.”
The 175-strong Team Great Britain World won a total of 360 medals. Over 50 countries from across the Globe took part in this spectacular celebration of life, with 1000+ transplant athletes and donor families, joining hands to raise international awareness of organ donation.
Transplant Sport is a charity which organises sports and social events for transplant recipients in order to highlight the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation:www.transplantsport.org.uk.
The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donation Register, as well as the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register, and discuss their wishes now with their families.
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives call 0300 123 2323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk