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Bronze for transplant athlete Justine
3:11pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local Sport
JUSTINE Laymond has returned from competing in this year’s World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.
Justine, from Broomfield, took part in the Games, seven years after having a life-saving double lung transplant.
The 40-year-old has competed as a member of Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Games, competing in the ladies badminton doubles, mixed badminton doubles, shot put, discus and lawn bowls.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland won 243 medals – 114 gold, 74 silver and 55 bronze. The team was also presented with the Best Team Award.
Lynne Holt, team manager and trustee at Transplant Sport said: “The World Transplant Games is a fantastic opportunity for athletes such as Justine to share their story and inspire people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
“Not only were these athletes ambassadors for our country, but they also represented the charity, Transplant Sport, and helped to raise more awareness of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register and express their wishes with family and friends.”
Justine said: “It was incredible to achieve two bronze medals in discus and lawn bowls, being third in the world champion.”
More than 135 Transplant Sport athletes, including 15 juniors, and many more supporters took part.
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