World Transplant Games triumph for Pendle man

Bryce Butterworth
Bryce Butterworth

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.