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Tim Adamson from Norwich JCP qualified to take part in the 2013 World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa after having a life-saving kidney transplant. But he needed more than £2,000 to fund his travel, accommodation, meals and Team GB kit. HASSRA awarded him £500 from its Development Scheme to enable him to book his place at the 19th World Transplant Games. Forty-four year old Tim had previously competed in HASSRA badminton competitions at national level. This time he was up against opposition from the rest of the world. And didn’t he do well, winning a gold medal in the men’s badminton doubles and silver medals in the men’s singles and the mixed doubles. The GB badminton team came 4th, just missing out on a medal. The British team was also presented with the ‘Best Team’ Award.

This was my fourth World Transplant Games representing Great Britain. It was a fantastic way of celebrating the gift of a life-saving organ transplant and gives transplant athletes from all over the world the opportunity to compete against each other and raise the profile of organ donation

and transplantation. Without our donors, none of us would be taking part. I was delighted to come away with three medals in badminton having faced some tough competition on the

way to all my finals. South Africa was an amazing country to visit and compete in, and I am

immensely grateful to HASSRA and CSIS for helping me fund my participation as part of the GB team through their award from the Development Scheme.

Remember, the Development Scheme is open to all our HASSRA members who meet the criteria as outlined in the Development Booklet, so why not apply – we’d love to see your stories published in the future!