Young Thornhill athlete is going for gold at British Transplant Games

PHOTO FINISH Thornhill's Bethany Salmon who will take part in this summer's British Transplant Games.
PHOTO FINISH Thornhill's Bethany Salmon who will take part in this summer's British Transplant Games.

One of Dewsbury’s bravest young athletes is gearing up to play her part in a national sports competition.

Bethany Salmon, 10, from Mountain Road, Thornhill, will take part in this year’s British Transplant Games after having a liver transplant.

Born with a rare liver condition, Bethany had to take 15 doses of medication a day until she had the operation in 2009 when she was aged just five.

Within weeks of the transplant, Bethany wanted to make the most of the new found lease of life her liver transplant had given her.

Her mother, Samantha, said: “Once she had the operation, Bethany’s whole attitude to life changed.

“Within weeks she had so much more energy in her and was able to lead a normal life.”

Bethany, who last year took part in the obstacle course, long jump and 50m dash, has been competing in the competition since 2010.

Samantha added: “Taking part in the games has given Bethany something to feel part of with the other transplant athletes.”

More than 800 athletes to have had life-saving transplants will take part in this year’s British Transplant Games in Sheffield.

The British Transplant games take place from August 15-18. For more information, visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk.