The team of 6 women and 7 men between the ages of 17 and 62 will compete in both the time trial and road race on the 30th and 31st July respectively have had either heart, liver, kidney or bone marrow transplants and are only alive and racing because of the Gift of Life.
Team coach and rider Richard Smith (Wrekinsport CC) says’ it’s been a real privilege to work with the team over the past couple of years and to see them progress to become racing cyclists. The team have worked really hard getting stuck into their events on the road and track to build form and fitness for the World Games, balancing anti-rejection drugs with a rigorous training programme’.
The team contains existing British, European and World Champion Ottilie Quince (Luton CC) who this year has been competing in the national omnium events and is looking to retain her titles in both the time trial and road race. As well as established riders, newcomers Gavin Giles (Beacon CC) and the youngest member of the team, 17 year old Beth Morris, are looking to make an impact on the world stage.
Cycling Plus, one of the country’s leading cycling magazines, is helping to raise awareness of the team and the team received a massive boost when Therakos provided a donation to cover the cost of the cycling team kit produced by Pro Vision who have also been generous in their support. Therakos Inc. develops and manufactures systems focused on immune cell therapies and is committed to developing therapy to treat life-threatening conditions, such as, solid organ transplant rejection and graft versus host disease.
Notes for editors
10,000 people in the UK need a transplant.
1,000 (3 a day) of these die every year whilst waiting due to a lack of donor organs.
Almost 4,000 organ transplants are carried out in the UK each year.
Over 90% of people support the organ donor register but only 30% have joined it.
19th World Transplant Games http://www.wtg2013.com/
World Transplant Games Federation http://www.wtgf.org/default.asp
Pro Vision http://www.provisionclothing.com/
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