LiveBritish Transplant Games - Day 2

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  • Live updates from day 2 of the British Transplant Games in Bolton. Today's events include:
  • Fishing at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries, 9.30am – 3.30pm
  • Obstacle course at Bolton Arena, 10am – 11.30am
  • Mini tennis at Bolton Arena, 9am – 11.30am
  • Badminton at Bolton Arena, 9am – 3.30am
  • Golf at Regent Park, 9am – 4pm
  • Volleyball at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Sport stacking at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Children ball throw at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Ten pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Tennis at Bolton Arena, 5pm – 8.30pm
  • Cycling at UCLAN Sports Arena, 6pm – 8pm
  • Darts at Bolton Whites Hotel, 8.30pm – 10.30pm


Well that's the blog done for the day, I have to get my copy written for tomorrow's paper, pick up a copy to hear the stories from day 2 at the British Transplant Games.

Still to come today there is tennis at the arena from 5pm, cycling is going on over in Preston at the UCLAN sports arena and later there will be the much-loved darts event at Bolton Whites Hotel.

I will be back here tomorrow to take you through another fascinating and inspiring day of action at these brilliant games.


Well here is a story for you, pictured here we have little Tyler Buckley who is five and his grandad Jeff Fidler who donated Tyler a kidney 2 years ago to save his life.

In the middle is the man who performed the transplant, consultant transplant surgeon Afshin Tavakoli, he and his team at Manchester Royal Infirmary have performed transplants on about 40 people taking part at this years games.

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More of Richard Holton's pictures from the obstacle course event.

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A lot of people have said to me how impressed they are with the facilities here at Bolton Arena, it is a great facility that the town should be proud of.

It also plays host to the mighty Bolton News f.c 5-a side team, what an honour!


Lots of volleyball on at the moment and there is the much anticipated children's ball throw going on out on the back field, our trusted snapper Richard Holton is capturing the best photos which you can see in tomorrow's Bolton News


Quick shot of the obstacle course itself.

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Bolton News photographer Richard Holton is at the obstacle course and caught this snap of gold medal winning Ellie Beale in action.

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The Bolton News: Amongst the volleyballs is Bromley Cross dad Rob Hodgkiss who is featured in today's edition of The Bolton News, he had a heart transplant back in 1996. I wished him the best of luck, "I might need it" he replied.



Next up we have the popular volleyball event, registration is taking place and the players are warming up...

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Just chatting with Andrew Knox who organises tennis at the games, he said this morning was a trial of mini tennis for children, the first time this had been done, and more than 70 kids got involved, fantastic.

He wants people to get down to see the adult tennis at the arena from 5pm.

quick aside, Andrew is the first person to ever receive three organs from living people, having been given kidneys from his mum, dad and sister! 

These stories just get more and more remarkable 


And I've found a local winner, well formerly local, Dave Clarke, who some of you may know from his time as an I.T teacher at Thornleigh School, he has just own badminton gold in the age 40-49 category.

Dave now lives in Accrington but used to live in Horwich and has competed at no less than five world transplant games, having had a kidney transplant in 2001.

He also used to be a professional rugby league player and features on the Spirit of Sport roundabout in De Havilland Way.

Here he is with his medal...

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The Bolton News: Now it's time for the badminton aces to pick up their medals....


Here is one of our young winners, Ellie Beale is just five years old and is already competing at her THIRD transplant games, this time she has got the gold in the obstacle course for aged five and under.

Ellie is from Oxfordshire and had a heart transplant three years ago after developing dilated cardio myopathy, what a brave girl!

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Safe to say the games have officially landed at Bolton Arena, this place is packed!

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Just realised it has turned afternoon now, but you get the idea...


Morning all and welcome to day 2 of the British Transplant Games, there is all sorts going on today as the event gets in to full swing following last night's spectacular opening ceremony.

We've got fishing already in progress at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries and golf action going on at Regent Park, but I'm here at Bolton Arena where we have badminton, mini tennis and An obstacle course getting us going first, before a bit of volleyball action.

Later on I'm looking forward to heading over to the Hollywood Bowl at The Middlebrook for some tantalizing ten-pin triumphs, my use of alliteration may or may not increase....


Morning all. We'll be bringing you live updates from day 2 of the games today.


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