British Transplant Games 2019
2019 saw the British Transplant Games travel to Newport as they hosted for the first time. Taking a total team size of 40 (25 Competitors and 15 supporters) Team Oxford can be extremely proud of their efforts returning with an impressive haul of 27 medals, 12 of which were Gold, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze. Taking place from 25th-29th July the British Transplant Games ventured to Wales for the first time, with an amazing 900 transplant recipients competing in a wide range of sports representing over 50 transplant centers from across the UK. Team Oxford are a group of transplant patients who have received care of a life enhancing transplant at the Oxford Transplant Centre. Each individual is a real ambassador of the service provided by Oxford University hospitals. An impressive 50% of the team representing Team Oxford were young adult patients (aged 16-30) and were encouraged to participate in the games through the Oxford Young Adult Clinic. One member of team said, “It’s such an honor 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.” This year we welcomed in 7 new additions to the growing Oxford Team who all performed amazingly well. Special mention goes to the football team for beating team Wales in the final and winning gold after 3 previous years coming runners up taking home silver. Sean Walsh was given the award by the team manager Daley for the best team athlete, following completing the medal set for winning Gold in football, Silver in table tennis and Bronze in 100m. Will Kempster became king of the archers winning Gold in the archery with Golds also coming in from Jamie Lonsdale in the squash and an impressive run by Sarah Reynolds in the 100m. Matt Domingo also impressed at his first games taking Silver in the 800m and Bronze in the Javelin. A huge well done to all the other medalists and competitors, you made Oxford proud and your donor’s even prouder.