Beth Morris strikes gold at World Transplant Games
SPORTING sensation Beth Morris has brought home another haul of medals after competing in the World Transplant Games.
The 17-year-old won four gold medals and three silvers at the competition in Durban, South Africa.
And she also beat the clock by breaking three world records in swimming races.
Beth, of Hollow Meadows, Ringley, said: “I had no idea I would do so well. I have had a lot of time off training due to my exams and I only really went back for four months before Durban to do some serious training.
“I was so happy with my performance though.
“I got personal bests in everything.
“I was gobsmacked to get the world records, I was quite emotional.”
Beth, a member of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, won golds in the 5km time trial cycle, 100m backstroke, 4x50m medley relay and 4x50m freestyle relay. Her world records were set in the three swimming events.
She also achieved silver medals in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 50m back stroke.
She spent two weeks in South Africa and managed to squeeze in some sight-seeing, including going on safari. And shortly after returning to the UK, she took part in the British Transplant Games in Sheffield, winning four golds and two silvers. Both competitions were moving for Beth as she remembered the man in Germany who give her a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.
She needed the treatment in 2002, aged just five, after being diagnosed with leukaemia when she was 17 months old.
Beth, who studies at Pendleton College, said: “It was an emotional rollercoaster because although I was having a brilliant time, there was an understanding between the competitors that we wouldn’t have been there without the transplants.”
Beth paid tribute to everyone who helped to fund her trip, including sponsors Radcliffe Rotary Club and Radcliffe Inner Wheel Club, individuals and businesses which donated raffle prizes.
She is now focusing on her A-levels and hopes to compete in the next World Transplant Games, which will be held in Argentina in 2015.
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