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British Transplant Games 2017
Team Bristol is overall top team!
The British games took place between the 27th and 30th July in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Events were based in several towns such as Motherwell, Hamilton and Wishaw and the lovely Strathclyde country park hosted the Cycling, 3km Walk and Mini Marathon.
Team Bristol had a smaller team than usual, largely due to the travel distance and the close proximity of the British Games to the World Games earlier in the summer.
Nonetheless a strong team of some 17 team members made the long haul north and we were given a warm welcome by the Scots.
The games began on Thursday and there were medals for the team in Squash and the Archery.
Friday saw more success in the Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Golf, we were off to a solid start.
We had a new design of medal this year, very heavy and attractive they are too. No doubt this spurred a few people on to even greater efforts as everyone wanted one!
Saturday is a big day, with lots of opportunities for our athletes to medal. We had major success with ten medals in the Badminton alone and then multiple medals in the 3km Walk, Swimming and Mini Marathon.
Sunday is Track and Field day and again our team did us proud with a large haul of medals across all events. We really do have a very strong athletics team these days even with some of our major medallists missing this time.
So the games closed on Sunday evening with the awards night at Ravenscraig Sports Centre. This was ably hosted by Heather Reid OBE the former BBC Scotland weather presenter.
As a team we had no great expectations for awards this time with the team being smaller than usual..however we were in for a major shock !
Remarkably after knocking on the door for several years we have finally won the overall top team award! This is a tremendous achievement for everyone concerned and means we hold the coveted Rosebowl Trophy for the year. Much excitement ensued as you can imagine..we really are the top transplant sport team in the country!
Shortly afterwards Matt Cave was announced as retaining his Best Senior Male trophy.
To cap a truly amazing night Team Manager Catharine Hall was awarded the prestigious Peter Griffin trophy for outstanding lifetime achievement in Transplant Sport.
Catharine celebrates the 37th anniversary of her transplant this month and has competed in 35 British Games and 10 World Games winning over 70 medals in total. A well deserved award.
Such was the success our team table was taken over by large pieces of silverware, we hardly had room for food on the table!
A great games and a fantastic result for the team,well done to all concerned with this remarkable achievement. We won a total of 48 medals, so an average of nearly 3 medals per athlete which is fantastic.
Next year the games go to Birmingham and the aim is to retain our title, it won't be easy but I believe we can do it!
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Bristol Adult Transplant Team
Team Bristol are a multi sports group primarily, but not exclusively comprising of kidney transplant recipients who have been treated at Southmead hospital. We also have members with stem cell transplants received in Bristol and others who have received their kidney or other transplant elsewhere.
The team competes in the annual 4 day British Transplant Games as well as other satellite events through the year. Many of our team are also regular selections for the GB national squad and compete in the World Games every two years.
We are a highly successful team and one of the largest in the country. We even count a couple of world record holders in our number.
Catharine Hall, a veteran of no less than 32 consecutive British games is the Bristol team manager. Catharine is always looking for new members to join the team, she can be contacted via the following link. firstname.lastname@example.org
You don't have to be ultra sporty or talented, all are welcome and ability levels vary widely. The competition is split into age categories so you will always be competing against those of a similar vintage. The Bristol team ranges in age from 18 to 80!
There is a full sports program over the four days with something for everyone, some of the events are listed below:
To compete you must be in reasonable health with a functioning transplant, you must have received your transplant not less than 6 months prior to the opening day of the games. It is also necessary to join TSUK the governing body of Transplant Sport in the UK, details on this and discounted offers for recent recipients can be found on the TSUK link. http://www.transplantsport.org.uk/
The deadline for registration is 30th April. If you are interested in competing contact Catharine Hall without delay for further details of costs and possible financial subsidies and grants that may be available to you.
The games are great fun, once you have been once you will be hooked for life!
Results from previous years Click on the links for the full report.
In 2010 our members brought home the trophy for the top UK transplant swimming team along with over 60 medals!
2011 saw us fail to defend our title by the narrowest of margins, but we still brought a record number of gold medals back from Belfast.
In 2012 the games took place in August at venues around Medway (Kent). The venues include some of those used by the Olympic athletes and indeed our games are sandwiched in between the Olympics and Paralympics. We had a good number of medals and if three of our team had been well we feel that it would have been a record year again.
40 medals were won at Newcastle in 2015 including 19 golds.