World Transplant Games triumph for Pendle man

Bryce Butterworth

Bryce Butterworth

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pendle AC’s Bryce Butterworth, competing for Great Britain at the 18th World Transplant Games in Gothenburg, Sweden, came away with a gold and two silver medals - and helped set a new record!

Bryce, 41, who had a kidney transplant in 2008, finished second in the 40-49 years’ 200m in a time of 26.49 seconds - just behind Robert Gelencsér of Hungary (26.11).

And in the 400m, he competed in heat two of the final, winning in 58.31 seconds -over three seconds ahead of Germany’s Nehar Nurlu (61.97) - but behind the winner of heat one, Michael Gohdes of Australia, who took gold with a time of 57.81.

Then he formed part of the British 18+ 4x400m relay team - with James Colbeck, Matthew Salkeld and Stephen Jarvis - which took gold in a World Transplant Games record of 3:49.81 minutes - 10 seconds clear of runners-up Hungary in 3:59.58.

His efforts played a big part in helping Great Britain top the medals table with 115 golds, 94 silvers and 77 bronze medals.

Bryce qualified for the games after winning the 40-49 years’ 400m and shot putt in the British Transplant Games at Bath.

A keen athlete before he discovered he had kidney disease in 2004 - forcing him to go on to dialysis - he was on the transplant list before receiving a kidney in 2008.

The Transplant Games are all about showing others the success of organ transplantation, and to encourage them to join the donor register.