A LIVER transplant patient who says she owes her health to the Transplant Games won two gold medals in the competition.
Victoria Reeve, 33, won gold medals in the 100 metre and 200 metre race and bronze in the long jump at the national competition, which is open to recipients of organ donations, held in Sheffield last weekend.
She won gold in the 100 metre race last year but said she wasn’t expecting to do so well in the other competitions - and was even more surprised to find she had beaten the winning time at this year’s World Transplant Games in Durban.
In 1997, Victoria suffered liver failure and needed a transplant. However, by 2001, her new liver had also failed and it required her to undergo another transplant. She said her health never really recovered until about two years ago when she started playing hockey.
She said: "After I had been so poorly, I decided to get fit again so I started playing hockey, which is how I heard about the games. I realised I was unfit so started going to the gym and realised I could actually run and live a good life.
"I started training for last year’s games eight months before and I never really stopped. I do hockey, boxercise, go canoeing and kayaking with Manvers Water Club. It’s changed my life."