Chirnside swimmer has medal hopes in Argentina

Richard Adams after completing the Great North Swim
Richard Adams after completing the Great North Swim

Chirnside swimmer Richard Adams flies out to Argentina next week to compete in the 2015 World Transplant Games.

Richard has been selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the 50m/100m breaststroke and 200m/400m freestyle events.

He will be one of over 1,000 transplant athletes taking part to raise awareness, both here in the UK and internationally, of the need for organ donors, and to celebrate their second chance at life. Athletes are selected following their outstanding performances at the British Transplant Games held annually around the UK.

Richard had a bone marrow transplant and without this life-enhancing operation he wouldn’t be competing.

He explained: “The Games have played an important role in helping me live a full and active life, following my successful transplant.

“This event is a vital part of the rehabilitation process and gives all competitors a focus, as well being a place to celebrate the gift of life and an opportunity to thank our donors and their families.

“The whole team is looking forward to the buzz and excitement and plan to bring back a load of medals.”

A total of 107 transplant athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland will descend on Argentina, including 12 junior athletes. The team will take more than 100 supporters with them including the management team.

Lynne Holt, team manager and trustee at Transplant Sport said: “The World Transplant Games is a great opportunity for our transplant athletes to compete at an international level and to share their stories and inspire people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“The athletes should now be in peak condition in preparation for the Games. Not only are these athletes ambassadors for our country, but they are also representing the charity, Transplant Sport, and hope to raise more awareness here in the UK and globally, of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register.”