Since then, Sheila and her team have offered ongoing training support totransplant athletes at more than 15 games including providing sports therapy for Team GB and Ni at the European Games this year and the
Luke, who lives in Reading said:
I was very easily tired as a child and had operations to try and help my condition, but it was since the transplant that things changed. It really did change my life.
My energy levels just shot through the roof and I wanted to play every sport I could, and I started cycling and swimming.
Friends got me involved in the Transplant Games and last year I even qualified for the World Games which is incredible.
I met Sheila in Malaga last year, she was with the university team as they were offering physio to the athletes. She was so happy when she heard I was coming to study in Coventry.
It’s been really good having that support from the university, and I can’t wait to start my course and I know I will still have that network in the city.
Lecturer, Sheila said:
To be able to support the games each year is incredible, and to include our students and staff is really exciting. The experience is not only for our student and staff development and education but also to be a part of the transplant family and give something back.
The organisation has always been very appreciative of the support given by our sports therapy team, but to have it recognised with this award was fantastic.
“We just want to help as many people get into sport, and to stay in sport especially when they’re recovering from transplants as keeping fit is vital to that process.” Also on Coventry’s support team this year were two PhD students focused on athletic performance in transplant sport; and competitor and engineering graduate Matt, Salkeld who won four gold medals, two silver, and two cups at the British Games. To find out more about Transplant Sport, visit www.transplantsport.org.uk
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