Brave Belper transplant man soars to medal success

Belper resident Simon Elmore has returned from the World Transplant Games with two gold medals.
Belper resident Simon Elmore has returned from the World Transplant Games with two gold medals.

A Belper man who received a new kidney in January has achieved stunning sporting success at the World Transplant Games.

Simon Elmore, of Overstone Close, won two gold medals with his partner Sam Clarke, and also achieved personal bests in two other events.

Belper resident Simon Elmore has returned from the World Transplant Games with two gold medals, including one for ten pin bowling.

Belper resident Simon Elmore has returned from the World Transplant Games with two gold medals, including one for ten pin bowling.

After his kidney failed, Simon fell into a deep depression but when a donor was found he felt he owed it to them to make the most of the second chance he had been given.

He said: “The whole aim of the Transplant Games is to raise awareness of donating and how much it can change a person’s life.

“One person can change eight people’s lives.”

Simon was selected for the World Transplant Games after his performance and achievements at the British Transplant Games in Newcastle-Gateshead at the beginning of August.

Despite this only leaving Simon three weeks to get prepared, thanks to support from sponsors Specsavers, Dale Accountancy and the Belper Rotary Club he was able to set off with the rest of the British Transplant Team to Argentina.

“The experience was amazing and my first success was in the Tejo, an Argentinian sport for all ages.

“My partner Sam and I had never played before but came away with gold.

“The next day it was myself and Sam again in the pairs bowling.

“Britain had three teams in the group and all got medals wit myself and Sam winning gold again!

“I also got a personal best in the cricket ball throw and my best time of 14.29 in the 100m.”

After his stunning success, Simon says he enjoyed socialising with his fellow competitors before travelling back to the UK to a hero’s welcome.

The next event Simon is due to take part in is the British Transplant Games in Liverpool next July.

Any companies that would like to sponsor either him or the team should contact Simon direct on 07473 194080 or simon_elmore@sky.com.