World hero Nicole’s in seventh heaven

Nicole Mackenzie shows off her medal haul from the World Transplant Games in South Africa
Nicole Mackenzie shows off her medal haul from the World Transplant Games in South Africa
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Nicole Mackenzie is on top of the world after delivering an incredible gold rush.

The Portsmouth Northsea ace is in seventh heaven after picking up a sensational swimming medal return at the World Transplant Games.

Mackenzie travelled to South Africa where she was the star of the show on the world stage.

The 15-year-old from Purbrook amazingly won all seven events she entered in championship record times.

That saw her named the top female junior star in Durban.

And if that wasn’t enough, the battler then had to recover from a bout of shingles picked up at the competition ahead of the British Transplant Games.

She brushed that off, however, to go on to win four golds in Sheffield.

It’s an amazing feat from the Purbrook Park School student.

It follows on from her world success in Gothenburg in 2011 – two years after receiving a kidney from her father.

Mackenzie showed her resolve and battled back from losing a litre of blood and emergency surgery ahead of that event.

She admitted the success was more than she ever dreamed of.

‘I was hoping to get one gold going out there,’ said Mackenzie.

‘But it was seven golds in the end – and I also picked up the outstanding junior athlete award!

‘The competition was tough and there were people I hadn’t competed against before.

‘Then it was the UK Games in Sheffield and I managed four golds there. It was so much better than I anticipated.’

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