Gold haul at transplant games raise organ donor awareness

Gold haul at transplant games raise organ donor awareness

Luke Matthews

Gold haul at transplant games raise organ donor awareness

Medals have continued to roll in for Team GB long after the London Olympics thanks to the achievements of the athletes at the World Transplant Games.

Mike Grundy, of Cadogan Close in Holyport, bagged two silver medals in the over 60s tennis and table-tennis mixed doubles competitions in Durban, South Africa.

The games are held for people who have had life-saving transplants and aims to promote the need for organ donors.

Mike, who had a kidney transplant seven years ago, competed as part of the GB team which won the 'best team award', with an impressive haul of 243 medals in total - of which 114 were gold.

"It was a great experience given that 1,000 athletes and supporters met over eight days competing in all of the major sports, celebrating the gift of life," said Mike.

"You hear amazing stories from every competitor. The most important thing is raising awareness of donor needs but also to encourage people to make use of their restored life."

Although the 66-year-old was proud of his silver medal in tennis, he is determined to go one better at the 2015 games in Argentina.

The British Transplant Games have also been taking place this month, with more than 700 athletes competing in Sheffield.

Stephen Brandon of Marlow took part and echoed Mike's call for more people to sign-up to provide the invaluable service of becoming an organ donor.

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