Emily selected for the World Transplant Games

SPORTY Emily Potter, 15, from Portchester is competing at the World Transplant Games. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131846-8648)
SPORTY Emily Potter, 15, from Portchester is competing at the World Transplant Games. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131846-8648)
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HAVING a kidney transplant has not disheartened 15-year-old Emily Potter.

The teenager, from Portchester, will be taking part in the World Transplant Games later this month after she had both her kidneys removed.

Emily suffered from an illness which turned her kidneys to stone and she had to have a kidney transplant in which her dad, Bob, was the donor.

Four years on, the student from Portchester Community School will be representing Great Britain in South Africa.

She won her place after winning two gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal in the UK games which took place last year in Medway.

Emily said: ‘I am really looking forward to going to South Africa and I cannot believe it is only three weeks away now.

‘When I was first got the letter in September I was amazed.

‘I have been doing the UK games for the last three years so it is great to be recognised and picked out of loads of other athletes.

‘There are 16 of us going out of the junior squad so it’s really exciting.’

Emily is taking part in badminton, backstroke and shotput.

Her favourite of the three is badminton and it was one of the gold medals she won last year.

She added: ‘I train every week for all three of the events but badminton is my favourite and I normally practise with my dad.

‘Both my parents are really supportive and they have paid to come out to South Africa with me for support.

‘My sister Katie is coming too so it is like a family holiday.’

Emily and her family had to raise over £7,500 to send her to the games.

Mum Pauline said: ‘We are so thankful to family and friends who helped us raise money.

‘They all made such a difference and it means Emily can do something great.

‘It is bitter sweet what’s happened to Emily but she is going to have a great time at the games.’