Guildford City Masters Swimmer Jodie Cox has returned triumphant from this years World Transplant Games. Competing in 7 swimming events for Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB&NI) team, she won 7 Golds, breaking the world record in the 50m & 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. This adds to the 200m and 400m freestyle world records she already holds. She was also part of the women’s 4 x 50m medley team that broke the world record by over 3 seconds!
The GB&NI swim team, for which Jodie is the ladies captain, won an outstanding total of 67 Golds, 23 Silvers and 32 Bronzes, breaking 30 WR along the way.
Held every two years, this year the games were hosted by the city of Malaga, Spain. 1,350 transplanted athletes from 52 countries gathered from across the globe – competing in a range of sports including athletics, swimming, cycling and tennis. All participants have received life-saving organ transplants – Jodie received a liver transplant in 2009.
The World Transplant Games, supported by the International Olympic Committee, act as the largest organ donation awareness event in the world – promoting the benefits of organ transplantation and highlighting the need for organ donation. The 2019 World Transplant Games will be held in Newcastle, England.
Despite being one of the most successful multi-sport teams, GB transplant athletes receive no central funding
Jodie would like to thank both Guildford City and Surrey ASA for their contributions enabling her to compete at this year’s games!
Photo credit: Phil Horan Photography