For the first time in just over 20 years, the British Transplant Games is being hosted in Newport South Wales and the Paul Popham Fund is pleased to support our Welsh athletes taking part in the event.
The Transplant Games are a multi-sport event open for all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow transplant recipients. They are open to people of all abilities with events to suit everyone ranging from individual sports like snooker, golf and tennis to team sports including netball, 5 a side football and tag rugby. Add to this a range of track and field events as well as swimming competitions and this year’s event is set to be event better than any other year.
The charity was delighted to support Welsh team members in both the World, European and British Transplant Games last year which saw many of our athletes achieve great successes. This year the Welsh team is made up of 50 athletes, making this is the biggest Welsh Transplant Team ever!
Funds raised through the Swansea 2019 5k series of races which the Paul Popham Running Club has held for the third year running have been put towards the sponsorship fund for the Welsh Team in the British Transplant Games.
Lewis Evans is one of the young athletes who took part in last year’s British and European games. In the European event, he took part in 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Discus, Shot Put and Javelin. He won gold in 100, 200m 4x100m and Discus, Silver in Shot Put and Bronze in Javelin.
Commenting on his achievements, Lewis said, “I took part in the games to show how life with Chronic Kidney Disease doesn’t mean it’s the end and there is definitely life after transplant. My mams kidney has given me a second chance at life and I am going to take every opportunity to live life to the fullest.”