Rotary honour for transplant games star Beth Morris
SPORTING sensation Beth Morris has added a homegrown honour to the awards she has collected from around the globe.
The 17-year-old was presented with the prestigious Ernest Kay Award by Radcliffe Rotary Club on Monday.
The club, along with Radcliffe Inner Wheel, sponsored Beth when she competed for Great Britain in the World Transplant Games this summer.
She won four gold medals and three silvers in swimming and cycling races at the competition in Durban, South Africa.
And Rotarians voted unanimously to give an extra honour to Beth, who received a bone marrow transplant in 2002.
Beth spoke about her life so far and about her achievements as a transplant athlete at the club’s meeting, held at Radcliffe Masonic Hall.
She was presented with an engraved salver and personal memento by club president, James Linihan.
He said: “She has done so well. She is a determined young lady and a real fighter. She is really quite inspirational. All the members were very impressed with what she had to say. She speaks up for other recipients of transplants and is trying to help other people, which we thought was very good.”
Beth, of Hollow Meadows, Ringley, previously won six gold medals at the World Transplant Games in Australia in 2009.
Her success comes after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was just 17-months-old. She underwent chemotherapy treatment and had a bone marrow transplant in 2002 after a suitable donor was found in Germany.
The Ernest Kay Award has been presented to 26 local people since 1986, recognising those with an outstanding achievement.
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