Cardiff Met World Transplant Games triumph


​C​ardiff Met staff member and gold medal winner Emma Wiltshire

A Cardiff Metropolitan University staff member is celebrating winning six gold medals and setting four world records at this year's World Transplant Games.

Emma Wiltshire, 31, who supports the Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage (SCRaM) degree at the University achieved her success at the games which took place in Argentina at the end of August.

Emma suffered acute liver failure last summer whilst working as a massage therapist for Welsh Athletics in Portugal, which resulted in her having to undergo an emergency liver transplant.

Undeterred by her experience, Emma decided to carry on with her athletics and discovered the World Transplant Games.

Emma fought to win an astounding six gold medals in the 100 and 200 metre races, long jump, high jump, as well as two relay races. Emma then went on to secure four world records in four of the events.

Talking about her achievements, Emma said "I'd been in Portugal working as a sports therapist for the Welsh athletics team when I suffered acute liver failure.

"The doctors still don't know what caused it, but I was determined to carry on with my athletics and not let the situation defeat me.

"I started to find out about Transplant Sport, and the amazing work they do in raising awareness of organ transplantation, as well as encouraging organ transplant patients to be fit, active and lead a healthy life.

"I'm over the moon with what I have achieved this year. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and I think my gold medals and world records are proof of that."

The Summer World Transplant Games take place every two years where over 1500 athletes representing some 69 countries compete.