Nathan takes gold at World Transplant Games
EMERSONS Green resident Nathan Rogers has struck gold at the World Transplant Games this summer.
Nathan, 46, was selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in golf following his success at the British Transplant Games in Birmingham last year.
He had a stem cell transplant in 2016 to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells.
Just three years on, the Bristol City fan is full of life, honing his skills regularly at Kendleshire Golf Club where he plays with a handicap of 3.
The World Transplant Games welcomed competitors, aged six to 84, from 59 countries at various venues across Newcastle Gateshead, with golf played at the prestigious Close House.
The week-long event started with the teams parading through the streets of Newcastle cheered on by huge crowds who were visibly moved by the inspirational athletes, every one of them having survived a life-saving transplant.
Nathan’s wife Fiona joined the team of GB and NI supporters, all of whom had seen first-hand how far their loved ones had progressed since their life-saving surgery.
On the third anniversary of his transplant, Nathan won the silver medal in the singles scratch golf competition and, two days later, went on to win gold in the pairs golf with his partner Dan, a kidney recipient from Derby.
Just three weeks earlier, Nathan competed in the British Transplant Games in Newport as a member of Team Anthony Nolan, representing the organisation who successfully led the search to match him with a donor. He scooped bronze in the singles scratch golf at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Nathan’s transplant and care was provided by Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre under the leadership of Professor David Marks.
Looking ahead, Nathan will represent Team Anthony Nolan at the British Transplant Games 2020 in Coventry and will continue to champion the benefits of transplantation.
Nathan, a manufacturing engineer, said: “The whole week was an amazing experience. You are non-stop for most of the week and when you stop you feel quite exhausted. The buzz you get from everyone there, athletes/donors and supporters just celebrating life is really incredible.
“I am so grateful to my wife Fiona, my transplant team at BHOC and most of all my donor who without her selflessness there would be no medals.”
To find out more about Anthony Nolan, or to join the stem cell register, visit www.anthonynolan.org