J Tomlinson’s Dave Fisher wins gold at the 2017 British Transplant Games
August 18, 2017
J Tomlinson Operations Manager, Dave Fisher, has recently triumphed at this year’s British Transplant Games, taking home an impressive 5 medals after competing as part of the Nottingham Hospitals team.
The annual event, which brings together transplant recipients from all over the UK, saw over 850 participants competing in a wide variety of games, from volleyball to shotput, in a bid to raise awareness of the incredible impact of being an organ donor. Hosted by Transplant Sport and founded in 1978, the games have been in existence for over 30 years, with many athletes going on to compete in the highly-celebrated World Transplant Games.
This year’s games were hosted in North Lanarkshire Scotland and took place over a 4-day period, with over 1500 spectators gathering to cheer on their family and friends.
The Nottingham Hospitals team, who between them accrued a staggering 36 medals – 18 of which were gold – are celebrating their most successful year to date. and they also won two championship trophies for the Volleyball and the Mixed Swimming Relay.
Dave, who competed for the second time this year since receiving a kidney transplant in 2015, commented: “It’s been an amazing event. To win five medals is great, but without a donor none of would have been possible. In my case, my wife Kelly donated one of her kidneys to me, and to win medals in front of her makes it even more special. I will be forever grateful”.
Dave competed in the swimming, ten pin bowling, archery, shot putt and volleyball, winning a total of 5 medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze).
The Transplant Games are open to all current transplant patients with functioning transplants and also those who may once again find themselves on the waiting list in need of another organ. Those wishing to get involved with upcoming games can find details of their local team manager at www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk/get-involved/teams/
For more information about becoming an organ donor, or to sign up to the organ donor register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk