A lot of iLIVEiGIVE supporters took part in the British Transplant Games this month in Sheffield and we have received lots of great photos of people wearing their t-shirts with pride whilst at the games. The closest transplant team to us are from Plymouth and they made the trip up North to compete and managed to achieve some amazing results – Janet Jenkins, the Plymouth Transplant Games manager has sent us an account of her team’s experiences of the games and we’d like to say a big well done to everyone involved.
On Monday the team travelled back from Sheffield and this year’s games was really good, even the Gala Dinner!
I know some of you followed the team’s progress on our Facebook page (Plymouth Transplant Games Team) but below are a few details of our time at the BTG:
Left Plymouth around midday to travel to Sheffield and our three drivers were Terry, John & Keith and thank them very much for driving the team around.
The team helped Jon Ritchie, a liver transplantee who lives in Plymouth, where he attends Derriford for his TX clinic appointments by travelling with us to Sheffield. Jon competed and did very well for Kings Team by bringing home gold in the 5K Walk and silver in the 1500m Track. Jon also entered the 400m & 4×100 Track relay.
After a couple of stops and a very nice meal on route, we arrived in Sheffield and spent the rest of the evening in the hotel.
John Wollington played in a cricket tournament which ran alongside the BTG – North versus South – this ended up being a very close game indeed but the North were the eventual winners.
Derek & Janis attended the golf practice at Tinsley Park and enjoyed a hot sunny day on the course. Janis was Derek’s Caddy for the practice and competition and deserves a medal.
The rest of the team ventured to the English Institute of Sport (EIS) for team registration.
At the EIS in the afternoon, Tony competed in the Archery and gained silver.
Opening Ceremony was held in Sheffield and there were lots of Harry Hills walking in Plymouth Team uniforms, except John Wollington!!!
Morning at the EIS three team members, Tony, John and Terry played table tennis and Terry came away with a bronze.
In the afternoon was the ten-pin bowling and Janet got a gold and John, with his first attempt at this event gained a bronze.
An all-day event at Tinsley Park for Derek and his Caddy, Janis, who competed in the golf while Terry gave the 5k Walk a go and very sensibly did retire from the race.
In the evening, we met up with Stuart and Hannah who drove up from Bristol and we had our team meal and celebrated my birthday and thank you to everyone for a brilliant birthday!
At Ponds Forge in Sheffield the Badminton took place and although Tony’s original men’s doubles partner was unable to attend the games, he played with a new partner and finished with a bronze medal.
Also at the same venue, was the swimming and after a 6 year gap Janet swam two races gaining silver medals and also became an honorary member of the visiting Australian team in the swim relay which won a gold.
John Wollington event was Crown Green Bowls and although a flat green bowler in Plymouth, he never played this type of bowls before and gained a bronze.
In the evening the whole team returned to Owlerton Stadium to watch dog racing. In 2008 when the last games were held in Sheffield we went to this venue. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PHOTO. We all wore “iLIVEiGIVE” t-shirts to promote this South West locally run group.
A day of athletics and where the children and adults compete beside each other – the emotion you feel never fails when watching the children running and competing.
This event will be one of the last ever to be held at the Don Valley Stadium and majority of the team were in action.
Terry entered the Long Jump and gained a silver.
Keith brought home 3 silvers in the 100m, 200m Track and Long Jump plus 2 bronze medals in the Javelin and Ball Throw.
Stuart House gained silvers in Discus & Shot Putt and also entered the Javelin, 100m & 200m Track.
John Wollington entered in the Discus & Javelin but only just missed out on medals.
Janet gained gold’s in Discus & Shot Putt but admit the competition was easier this year for her in these events.
Thanks to Stuart and Hannah for organising the team picnic at the athletics – this really helps the athletes and the supporters as it’s such a full day of competition.
In the evening was the Gala Dinner held at Ponds Forge and this year the meal was very good, the speeches and presentations was very well organised so everyone had a chance to dance to late. Even the ‘chicken’ made an appearance this year – many previous BTG attendees will remember the ‘chicken’!!!
Our team drivers brought us home after a wonderful 4 days of competition and celebration of what organ donation can achieve and meeting up with other fellow transplantee’s.
The medals total for the South West (Plymouth) Transplant Team was 4 Gold, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze, as Team Manager I’m very proud of every single team member – you are all winners before we even get to the games – and hope that you all enjoyed your time in Sheffield.
I have not yet mentioned one other member of the 2013 team, Claire West, as a supporter and deputy team manager who has attended (I believe) 16 games now –– I want to personally thank her for all her support throughout the 2013 games, keeping the Facebook page updated and being there cheering us on – we all appreciate it.
I’m now starting to organise next year’s games being held in Bolton (Manchester) – 7th August to 10th August – and really hope that you would like to join us in 2014.