Siemens’ David Mushet Wins Gold at Transplant Games

Posted by Barry Pearson on September 5, 2014  |   Comments Off on Siemens’ David Mushet Wins Gold at Transplant Games

Just weeks after taking part in the Queen’s Baton Relay at the Commonwealth Games, David Mushet, Regional Finance Manager at Siemens Rail Automation’s Glasgow office, won the gold medal in the 5km Race Walk at the British Transplant Games.

The annual games, which this year were held in Bolton, saw 1,200 athletes competing across a wide range of sports. As well as the walking race, David took part in the cycling time trial and road race events, finishing just outside the medal positions in the time trial. David’s daughter also competed at the games, matching her father’s achievement by winning the gold medal in the Families, Donors and Supporters section of the Golf competition.

Speaking after the event, David said: “Although I had concentrated all my efforts on the cycling events, things didn’t quite go to plan and despite achieving a personal best in the Time Trial, I was a little disappointed not to win a medal. However, I exceeded all my expectations by winning gold in the walk – which I only really entered because it was walking that first got me back to fitness following my transplant.

“Participating in the games was an amazing experience, with each of the 1,200 athletes having an inspirational story to tell. It was also great to finish the event with my wife and daughter joining me for the ‘Donor Run’ which marked a great conclusion to the whole proceedings.”

David was competing having received a liver transplant at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in January 2013. He is actively involved in the organ donation campaign in Scotland and has delivered a number of presentations to people who are on the transplant waiting list – talking through some of the issues, anxieties and challenges that he faced.

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