Putting in an incredible performance at his first-ever World Transplant Games, Robbie Lyons from The Swan won one gold and two silver medals and became the new world record holder in the 1517 years age category for the long jump event with a 5.30m jump.
Robbie (17), a kidney recipient, said he was absolutely delighted to have achieved so much at his first ever transplant games.
Speaking after his successes, Robbie said: “I am delighted with the win, but really no words can describe how happy I feel. I love when the competition is tight; it makes me push myself harder.”
The Heywood Community School student also raced in the 100m sprint, which proved a riveting contest.
Robbie got off to a great start, but Lewis Akrail from the UK was hot on his heels. The Irish representative put everything he had into the last few metres and won silver after what was a very close and exciting race. There was four hundredths of a second between the Irish and British competitor.
Robbie’s mother, Angie, and sister Stef have been great support throughout the games. Speaking to Angie, who was filled with joy and emotion, she explained how happy she was: “I am extremely proud of Robbie and I feel like a well of emotion, especially after everything he has been through. Before the race, I gave him the space he needed to focus and prepare, but I was waiting with open arms at the finish line to give him a big hug,” she said.
The Irish team members have all received major organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at the games.
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