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Team Oxford Triumphs at British Transplant Games 2018

A large group of smiling adults in sports gear pose in front of a grand buildingTeam Oxford can be very proud of their efforts at the British Transplant Games, 2-5 August 2018 in Birmingham. Taking their largest team to date, they returned with an impressive haul of 37 medals.

The British Transplant Games returned to Birmingham for the first time in 19 years, and saw the largest ever number of competitors from over 50 teams across the UK. Over 1,000 transplant recipients competed in a wide range of sports.

The British Transplant Games is the flagship project of the charity Transplant Sport and has been run for 40 years. Open to all transplant recipients, the games seek to celebrate the life-changing effects of transplantation and increase public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register - and discuss their wishes with their families.

Team Oxford is a group of patients who have received a life-enhancing transplant at the Oxford Transplant Centre. Each individual is a real ambassador of the service, and in 2018 half the team was made up of young adult patients encouraged to participate through the Oxford Young Adult Clinic (YAC).

One team member said, "It's such an honour to participate in the games each year and represent Oxford. I am here fighting fit, playing sports and winning medals because of my donor. I will be forever grateful to them."

Special mentions go to Flora King who came away with four Gold medals; Michael Oliver for his two Golds in the cycling; the Gold squash duo of Jamie Lonsdale and Joshua Mayhead; Richard Newport and Robert Price for winning Gold in Badminton doubles; Marina Lyons for her Golden quality in the tennis and Andrew Hook for retaining his Golden crown in the table tennis.

A huge well done to all the other medallists and competitors, you made Oxford proud!

For details of future British Transplant Games, visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk

To find out how to get involved please contact our Team Manager Daley Cross: daley.cross@ouh.nhs.uk

August 2018