Robbie wins Gold and 2 Silver at British Transplant Games
After his success at the World Transplant Games in South Africa, Laois man Robbie Lyons has surpassed his personal best performances at the British Transplant Games in Sheffied by securing 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals.
Putting in a fantastic performance in the Long Jump event, 19 year old Robbie won Gold with a distance of 5.64m. A distance of 5.30m was his previous personal best.
Robbie was a previous world record breaker in the Long Jump event at the World Transplant Games in Sweden held two years ago when he was just 17. At this year’s World Games in the older age category (18-29 years) Robbie won Bronze in a very tough athletics age category.
Coming up against the same rival at the British Games who pipped him to the post earlier this month in the 100m and 200m race in South Africa, Robbie once again crossed the finishing line just behind him but was delighted to secure his Silver beating his personal best time’s in both the 100m race by .10 seconds with a time of 12.27 and in the 200m race by .13seconds with a time of 25.61 seconds.
Speaking about her son’s success, Robbie’s mother Angie Lyons said “I cant be prouder of my son. We will never forget his kidney donor who have given this great opportunity. While Robbie was competing in Sheffield, I lit a candle which Robbie received at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving to honour organ donors and transplant recipients.
Robbie and other member of Transplant Team Ireland will take part in the Irish Kidney Association’s Run for a Life fun run on Sunday, 15th September at Park West, Dublin 12. (www.runforalife.ie). The Fun Run, which is sponsored by Astellas, promotes organ donation and celebrates life after transplantation and is open to members of the general public who can walk, jog or run in it.
The Irish Kidney Association manages members of Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Games events. For organ donor cards Freetext DONOR to 50050.