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Champion swimmer Eve headed for 2019 World Transplant Games

October 8, 2018

A young champion swimmer from Mullaghbawn has been selected to compete in Team Great Britain & NI at the World Transplant Games 2019, after her outstanding performance in this year’s British Transplant games held in Birmingham in August.

Twelve year old Eve Hamill is delighted to have been selected as one of only 12 juniors to represent Team GB/NI in swimming for next year’s World Transplant Games.

The Our Lady’s Grammar School pupil, and past pupil of St Mary’s PS, Mullaghbawn, is living proof of the importance of organ donation.  Diagnosed with liver disease at 5 weeks old, Eve received a life saving liver transplant just before her 7th birthday.

Competing in her very first games last year, Eve brought home 2 medals and followed up that feat with an amazing haul in this year’s games – scooping five medals from five hard fought races – two gold, two silver and a bronze for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Team. 

Having learned to swim in the Aura Dundalk Swim Academy, she subsequently completed their Rookie Lifeguard course to gold level and continues to train with Aura.

The Mullaghbawn swimmer will join the largest ever squad to represent Great Britain and NI at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle Gateshead next year – with more than 330 transplant athletes, including 40 juniors, live donors and many more supporters. Over 1000 other transplant athletes from 70 countries across the globe will compete in the games – all having survived either a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, small bowel or bone marrow transplant.

According to Transplant Sports, the organisation behind the British Transplant Games, More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these three a day will die waiting as there are not enough organs available.

Eve looks forward to celebrating the gift of life she received through organ donation along with fellow transplant recipients at next year’s games – which serve to raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ donor, something Eve’s father Jim says “cannot be underestimated when you’re in the situation where a loved one needs a transplant.”

Announcing the 2019 Team Great Britain and NI squad, Team Manager Lynne Holt said, 

“Not only are these athletes ambassadors for organ donation, but they are also representing the charity, Transplant Sport , and hope to raise more awareness here in the UK and globally, of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with family and friends.”

For more information on how to register visit www.organ donation.nhs.uk

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