Grace wins again!
Grace Newman has just returned from the 2018 British Transplant Games, Birmingham sporting a gold medal in the table tennis competition.
The British Transplant Games have been taking place since 1978, and are held each year in different 'host' cities throughout the United Kingdom. Competitors who take part have all have an organ transplant, be it kidney, heart, liver, lungs or bone marrow.
The purpose of the games is to show the benefits of transplantation and to promote organ donation, encouraging more people to talk to their loved ones about their wishes, and to sign up to the organ donor register.
The games inspire transplantees to regain and improve their health and fitness after surgery. They give transplantees the chance to take part in a large variety of sports to thank their donors and celebrate the gift of life.
Grace says "I was thrilled to win gold in the table tennis, which is my main sport. I have just gone up an age group so, being the youngest, had my best chance this year. It was a good game against Maggie Gambrill who was my partner last year in the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain in the doubles competition. I had a great time at the games, being part of team Coventry & Warwickshire, seeing friends and making new ones in what is a lovely big family. There were over 2,800 competitors there, alive and able to compete in sport because of organ donation. This included Living Donors who took part in Swimming and Running relays to the largest cheers. We became record breakers at the opening ceremony, in the International Convention Centre, breaking the Guinness World Records title for the largest gathering of organ transplant recipients. The next British Transplant Games are to be held in 2019 at Newport, Wales and the following year, very local in Coventry!"