Transplant duo set for World Games

Transplant Games winners Melissa Slaney and David Lilley
Transplant Games winners Melissa Slaney and David Lilley

Two athletes from Sheffield have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Transplant Games.

Melissa Slaney and David Lilley have both been chosen to journey to Argentina later this month after securing success at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games at the end of July.

Melissa will compete in cycling and David will compete in golf, 400 metres, discus and shot-put.

Mel had her transplant in 1996 and David had his in 2005 and both were treated at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS trust.

Hosted annually by the charity Transplant Sport UK and sponsored by Westfield Health, the Games attracted hundreds of athletes from across the UK – all of whom have undergone a life-saving transplant – to compete in a variety of sporting events.

The Sheffield team – Paul Morton, Melissa, Robert Raynor, Bridgetta Greenway, Michael Lord, Darren Lath and David, trained for the best part of a year in preparation.

Melissa achieved gold in table tennis and there was gold also for Darren in ten- pin bowling. 

The bowling team had even more success with Paul achieving silver.

David received four medals in track and field including silver in javelin and discus, and bronze in shot- put and 400m.

There were three bronze medals for Bridgetta Greenway in swimming and archery.

The 20th World Transplant Games will run from Sunday, August 23 to Sunday 30.

Melissa said “It’s only thanks to the selfless generosity of my donor I’m able to have the honour of representing my country.”

David said: “I am proud and overwhelmed.”