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World Transplant Games place for Kidney Research UK employee Maria Thompson

19 August 2019

Kidney Research UK are keeping everything crossed for their employee who is taking part in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle this week.

Patient involvement coordinator, Sarah Harwood, who lives in Peterborough, won her place on the darts team at the British Transplant Games in Birmingham in 2018.

She said: “I don’t know how I did it as I’ve never won a darts competition in my life. I’ve been really lucky over the summer and managed to grab a few coaching sessions with professional darts player ‘Wolfie' Adams.

Sarah and Wolfie
Sarah and Wolfie

“I’m a bit nervous now but I’m really looking forward to taking part in this incredible event.”

Sarah (31) had a kidney transplant over 13 years ago after her kidneys failed due to a rare condition called Good Pastures Syndrome, she worked for Kidney Research UK for over four years.

Her passion and commitment to the charity is unwavering and she is a great supporter of Transplant Sport.

And she added: “It’s such an honor to be part of this spectacular event and I can’t thank ‘Wolfie’ enough for his help and guidance over the past few months.

Seeing people who have gone through such adversity, facing challenges every day yet achieving so much here at the games is incredibly inspiring. These are the people Kidney Research UK are working to help and it is a joy to be part of it.

Athletes from 53 countries have been arriving in the North East including teams from the United States, Canada and Australia.

Altogether 1,500 athletes will compete at various sporting venues throughout the week, with the darts taking place on Wednesday.

For more information on the World Transplant Games 2019 and how to get involved visit www.worldtransplantgames.org

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