Plymouth transplant patients to take part in the Transplant Games.
A TEAM of local organ transplant recipients will be competing in this year's Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
The South West team will fight it out for medal positions at the games taking place in Sheffield from August 15-18.
Hundreds of transplant athletes will compete in archery, obstacle course, sports hall athletics, table tennis, badminton, speed walking, sport stacking and volleyball at EIS Sheffield, where Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams train.
Janet Jenkins, South West team manager, said: "These games show how amazing the 'gift of life' can be.
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"Transplantation helps so many people and if it was not for the generosity of someone willing to be a donor, we would not be able to attend and compete in these games.
"I am proud of everyone in the team and our supporters and sponsors. We will do our best to bring back some medals not just for our region but also the medical teams, nurses, our families and most importantly to say 'thank you' to our donor and their families."
Those competing in the South West team include Plymothians John Wollington, Tony Edwards, Derek Scoble, Keith Parsons and Stuart House.
Claire West, deputy team manager and research nurse at Derriford Hospital, said: "The Transplant Games is a great platform to demonstrate the importance of organ donation.
"If it wasn't the selflessness of the organ donors many of the competitors at this year's Games simply would not be here.
"I would like to wish the Plymouth team the best of luck at these Games."
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport, the games are one of the UK's biggest annual multi-sports events and showcases the benefits of transplantation, whilst giving people aged between four and 80-years-old, who have had a transplant, the chance to compete in a wide range of sport activities.