European Transplant Games in Oxford: a triumph for our athletes

UK athletes triumphed this year at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games, held for the first time in Oxfordshire.

The games, which saw 400 athletes from across Europe, all on transplants or on dialysis, kicked off with a parade at the Sheldonian Theater in Oxford and ran for a week at Radley College, near Abingdon, and Blenheim Palace , near Woodstock. .

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team topped the medal table throughout the event – as of Thursday night the team had managed to win 61 gold, 47 silver and 48 bronze. Hungary finished second with 22 gold medals and Germany third with 11.

In the football tournament, Team GB and NI faced Netherlands in the final game, showing impressive skills and teamwork that led them to a 4-0 win, winning the medal. Golden.

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Team manager and coach Daley Cross said: “We were so proud when we won the gold medal at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle in 2019 and we were determined to bring it home this year. .

“I am immensely proud of the whole team, their drive and determination have been phenomenal, and it was an honor to represent Team GB and NI at the first ever European Games on home soil – winning the gold n’ was just the icing on the cake.

Cyclist Mike Oliver, 59, from Witney, won two bronze medals – in the 7km time trial and the road race – and said he was happy to be recognized as part of an international competition.

He said: “I was really happy with how it went and I think the training really helped. The opening ceremony at the Sheldonian Theater was amazing – it was a lovely meeting with old friends I hadn’t seen in several years, there was a sense of renewal.

“The weather was glorious as we cycled through Blenheim Palace and the temperature was perfect. It was a great event and really showed what people who have had a transplant can do – I feel like sometimes it’s easy to forget what you can do.

“It’s not an easy life and it’s nice to be able to see and meet people who have been through something similar to you.”

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After the gala, the charity Transplant Sport, which organized the games, posted online saying: “We couldn’t think of a better way to end such a fantastic event here in Oxford, thank you to everyone who joined us for our closing ceremony and gala. , we hope you had as much fun as we did.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped make the first ever European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in the UK such a success, bring on the next one.”

This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, she joined the team this year and covers health stories for Oxfordshire newspapers.

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