West Bridgford Resident Graeme Gunn wins two gold medals in the British Transplant Games 2019.
With only weeks to go to the World Transplant Games 2019 in Newcastle and Gateshead from the 17thto the 25thAugust, Graeme has just won two gold medals in the British Transplant Games held in Newport South Wales. They were for squash and tennis.
The 62-year-old, who underwent a liver transplant in 2013, pays tribute to the donor family, his family and friends and all those who have supported him in his training regime over the last 10 months since his selection in Team GB.
His training has mainly been at Rushcliffe Squash Club at Rushcliffe Arena, Lady Bay Tennis Club and CrossFit Gym.
Graeme said – “I take my training very seriously and am currently playing squash 3 times per week, tennis four times per week and one very tough gym session per week.”
Graeme also said – “The British Games are an amazing event where athletes of all ages from 6 to 83 from all over the UK and Ireland meet up as friends and competitors and take part in a number of sports. It was very emotional during the opening ceremony when a number of donor families are present. It reminded me of how lucky I am to be alive. Please consider going onto the donor register to help save lives.”
Graeme competed for Team GB in the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga where he won two bronze medals (one in squash and one in Padel Tennis).
“My aim is to come back with more than one medal and hopefully improve on my last results.”
The World Transplant Games takes place every two years and is supported by the International Olympic Committee.
It represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring a week of 17 sporting events. Team Great Britain and NI will join over 1000 other transplant athletes from 70 countries across the globe.