World Transplant Games success an inspiration
PICTURE: The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Richard Dodd, and Su Tarling, who won five medals at this summer’s World Transplant Games.
Rugby athlete Su Tarling, who returned from this summer’s World Transplant Games with a five medal haul, has been congratulated by the mayor, Cllr Richard Dodd.
Su travelled to Argentina in August to compete in the 20th World Transplant Games, held in Mar Del Plata.
Representing Team GB, the former PE teacher won gold in the team five kilometre run, 20km cycle race and virtual triathlon, and silver in the individual five kilometre run and 50m breast stroke.
Su’s medal success came just a year after she competed in her first British Transplant Games and 13 years since she underwent her first liver transplant.
The 46-year-old required another liver transplant the following year and now offers hospital counselling to patients awaiting or recovering from transplant surgery.
Su, a member of Rugby and East Warwickshire Hockey Club, is supported by husband Ed and children, Josh and Libby.
She was invited to the Town Hall to talk about her World Transplant Games success with the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Richard Dodd.
Cllr Dodd said: “Su’s success representing Team GB at the World Transplant Games is a real inspiration and I was delighted to welcome her to the Town Hall.
“Su’s story also highlights the importance of organ donation and the need for people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register.
“Nearly 7,000 patients currently need an organ transplant and I’d urge anyone who’s not on the register to consider signing up.”
For more information on the NHS Organ Donation Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk