Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Another medal for James, at British Transplant Games

James Nolan won yet another medal at the weekend, this time at the British Transplant Games 2017 held near Glasgow, writes Brian Byrne.

As part of Team Ireland at the Games, he took a silver in the 400m, pushing the winner Ernesto Antonio (originally from Galway) all the way to the line after a well-managed run. He also participated in a scratch relay team, running a strong second leg and helping to keep his team in contention in their heat.

James flew out on Saturday night after a busy day in the shop and participated in the Track and Field part of the Games on the Sunday.

"There was an amazing atmosphere amongst the big crowd," he posted on Facebook yesterday. "Thanks to all of Team Ireland for a great day, to everyone who helped me get to Glasgow and well done to all the organisers for running off a huge Athletics programme — which all ran on time."

James, who last week celebrated the 30th anniversary of his own kidney transplant from his sister Catherine, described it as a great event to promote organ donor awareness 'and all the incredible life saving stories that prove organ donation is hugely successful'.

The Team Ireland medals at the Games totalled 18 gold, five silver and five bronze.