SHROPSHIRE TRANSPLANT CYCLIST TAKES ON THE WORLD!
Richard Smith, 44, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, is off to Sweden in June to take part in the 18th World Transplant Games. Richard, who won a gold medal in the time trial and a silver medal in the road race representing Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Australia in 2009 is taking on the best the World has to offer in Slottsskoden Park, Gotenberg once again in both road and time trial disciplines on the 19th and 21st June respectively. A defence of his British road race and time trial titles will follow in Belfast in August as part of the British Transplant Games.
Richard, a 3rd Category road racer and British Cycling qualified coach, is a long-term member of Telford’s Wrekinsport Cycling Club and co-founder of Mamil Cycling Ltd, a company established to promote premium quality events, tours, coaching and support for cyclists. He competes regularly in events around the Midlands and, outside of transplant sport, he is the past South Staffs and Shropshire Road Race League Veterans Champion (2009). He has represented Great Britain on five previous occasions in the World Transplant Games in Hungary (1999), Japan (2001), France (2003), Thailand (2007) and most recently in Australia in 2009.
As the current British and European champion in both road race and time trial disciplines, a double win in Sweden would mean he would hold all six available titles at the same time, a feat never before achieved.
Richard will captain a team of 7 other cyclists he has coached for the past 2 years, 5 of whom will be making their debuts for Great Britain at the event.
Richard had a life saving liver transplant over 18 years ago in February 1993 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after a very short and acute illness, going into hospital in a coma and being given 48 hours to live. “Being asked to represent your Country is a huge honour. The Games have played an important role in helping me live a full and active life giving me an important target, following my successful transplant,” explains Richard. ‘It’s also a way of paying tribute to the bravery and altruism of people who are prepared to sign the organ donor register as well as raising awareness of the need for more organs to be made available’.
Lynne Holt, UK Team Manager for the 2011 World Games, concludes, “The Transplant Games aims to raise awareness of the ongoing need for organ donation, demonstrate the benefits to health and fitness following transplantation and encourage people to sign the organ donor register. By staging these events people see the direct benefits of organ donation as they witness these amazing athletes triumph over life-threatening conditions. The competitors are truly inspiring. They have already won the race to live, but are now celebrating being alive to race.”
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To speak to Richard please call him on 01746 766259 or 07799 767930.
Image attached. Leading the field at the European Games, Dublin. Aug 2010.
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