Medal haul for Belper’s Simon Elmore at British Transplant Games

Simon Elmore
Simon Elmore

A Belper man is celebrating after securing podium wins at this year’s British Transplant Games.

Simon Elmore, 41, of Overstone Close, won gold in archery and bowling, silver in volleyball and bronze in five-a-side at the Liverpool event.

The father-of-four was struck down with kidney failure aged just 33 and his life was turned upside down by years of serious health problems.

But in 2015 Simon finally received a kidney transplant and was determined to do something positive with the second chance he had been given through his love of sport.

He said: “Without our amazing donors and donor families this just would not be possible.

“The games is all about organ donation and without the special people who donate many of us would not be here at all.”

The first Transplant Olympics took place in Portsmouth in 1978.

They aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation and encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register.

They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life.

The Liverpool event was Simon’s third games since recovering from his transplant early last year, one of which included the World Transplant Games in Argentina in August 2015 just five months after getting the all-clear.

“Being an only-child, the only person I had to compete against was my dad,” said Simon.

“And he always said, ‘if you beat me, you beat me on your own merits’. For me, the most important thing is to give things a go.

“Life really is so precious. I know how fortunate I am and will carry on pushing to achieve more because I can.”

Simon also helps run a support group for patients, family and friends living with kidney issues. For more information, visit http://create-cms.co.uk.dnnmax.com/derbykidneypatients/Home/tabid/2079/Default.aspx.