Monica’s still riding on the crest of a wave after triple gold win at World Transplant Games (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Monica’s still riding on the crest of a wave after triple gold win at World Transplant Games
WAREHAM athlete Monica Moss is still riding on the crest of a wave after scooping triple gold at the World Transplant Games.
The 64-year-old, who trains at the town’s Purbeck Sports Centre, triumphed in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle swimming at the games in Durban, South Africa, earlier this summer.
Monica, whose husband donated one of his kidneys for her transplant operation in 2007, hopes her latest success will spur more people on to sign up to the organ donor register.
She competed in the 60-69 years age group at the Durban games, where she also picked up silver in the shot put.
Monica, who praised the support of Wareham’s Purbeck Sports Centre staff, said: “Being able to take part in these competitive sporting events around the world has been tremendous.
“Before my transplant I would never have dreamed that I would be taking part in competitive sports, let alone be so active.
“The sports centre’s never-ending support and their brilliant facilities make it so much easier.”
Her latest success adds to previous gold and silver medal wins at the 2009 and 2011 World Transplant Games.
She said: “I am so grateful to everyone who supports me and to my husband, who was the donor for my kidney transplant.
"I would also like to thank Gerry Griffin, a fellow swimmer at the sports centre who has been a fantastic motivator.
“We are all passionate about encouraging people to sign up to the organ donor register and discuss their wishes with their family.”
Purbeck District Council social issues spokesman Cllr Ali Patrick described Monica’s continuing success as an inspiration.
The councillor added: “She proves that sport has few boundaries and what can be achieved with some determination. I am delighted the sports centre has been able to help her.”
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