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Alumna Ella Gibson to compete in the World Transplant Games 2017

Alumna Ella Gibson to compete in the World Transplant Games 2017

Six years ago, alumna Ella Gibson had a kidney transplant which was donated to her by her mum.

Since her transplant she has graduated from the University of Portsmouth’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science, lived, worked and travelled in Australia and will be competing in the World Transplant Games on Sunday 25 June.

Currently Ella is in the middle of her training for the five sports she will be taking part in at the World Transplant Games in Malaga.  

When she is not training, Ella has two part time marketing roles for NHS Blood and Transplant, which was not an intentional choice, and UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport, whilst completing a six stage application to Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. Alongside all of this she also is a volunteer Dinghy Instructor at Clevedon Sailing Club and has taken part in multiple Tasar Sailing Nationals with her Dad.

The World Transplant Games is held every two years, consists of 17 sporting events held over one week with athletes competing from 60 countries across the globe. Team Great Britain, who have all survived either a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, small bowel or bone marrow transplant will join 1000 other transplant athletes at the largest organ donor awareness event in the world.

Ella says ‘I’m really looking forward to the Games but slightly apprehensive as the level of the athletes is so high. Everyone who competes are top performers in their respective sports regardless of having had a transplant!’

Ella will be competing in the following sports:

  • 5km run
  • 5km ind TT (cycling)
  • 30km road race (cycling)
  • 400m freestyle (swim)
  • 800m track (athletics)
  • The 400 m swim, 30 km bike and 5 km run will also contribute to the virtual triathlon 

Good luck Ella!  

For more information on registering on the NHS Organ Donor Register, please telephone 0300 123 23 23, or go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk.


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