“I wanted to prove I could get back on my feet”
Dan Peel, 26, from Reading, is competing in the golf, ball throw, javelin, shot-put and 25-metre relay events. This is his second time taking part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
“Last year I won gold in the ball throw and bronze in the javelin, just five months after my transplant.
I wanted to prove I could get back on my feet, and I’m doing it again because it’s a great chance to catch up with my team, who became like a little family.
As a second-year competitor, it’s a good chance to see those who have had their transplants after me and to encourage them that they can also do whatever they put their minds to.
In terms of training, I’ve been playing cricket to help with my throwing and doing lots of cycling for general fitness.
Before transplant I wanted to make sure my body was as fit as it could be to undergo the trauma of surgery and to get back on my feet as quickly as possible, which I certainly did.
Post-transplant the training has been strengthening my lungs and getting my body back in shape. It also helps immensely with the mental side of things.
I’m really looking forward to the Games and showing what can be done post-transplant. It’s really inspiring for those looking in and the Games are a great way of encouraging people to keep active – as ultimately that is one of the most important things you can do post-transplant to ensure a happy lifestyle.
At the Games I will be joined by my wife, parents, sister and friends. It’s a celebration for them to see me back to what I used to be doing, back enjoying life and back competing.
My message to those competing in the British and World Transplant Games is good luck, keep going and don’t give up.
Just remember what you’ve been through, what you have achieved, and how much of a strong person you are because of that.”