Squash ace going for more gold in Durban

Joe Dunster will once again represent Great Britain at the World Transplant Games
Joe Dunster will once again represent Great Britain at the World Transplant Games
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Joe Dunster will travel to South Africa later this month in an attempt to retain his world title.

The 33-year-old, who trains in Chichester, won the World Transplant Games squash crown in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2011, and will be hoping to repeat this feat in Durban when he once again represents Great Britain.

Throughout his childhood, Dunster suffered with kidney problems until he was eventually diagnosed with kidney failure aged 19.

In the two years that followed, he was placed on the organ donor waiting list and was forced to undergo dialysis four times a day.

Dunster’s life changed in August 2000 when he was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant. After a long and gruelling road to recovery, he is now fighting fit and ready to give his all in South Africa.

Dunster is only too aware how lucky he is to have been given a second chance at life and to be given the chance to compete at the World Transplant Games.

Therefore, he spends a large part of his time fund-raising and increasing awareness for organ donation.

He said: ‘From a young age I was always very sporty but kidney failure certainly put a stop to that. It took me a long time to recover.

‘When you suffer a debilitating illness you realise how important your health is. Having a transplant certainly gave me a second chance at life and I’m trying to make the most of it.

‘Since my transplant I have graduated from university, established a career in marketing and won medals at the British and World Transplant Games in squash, golf and badminton.

‘Over the past six months I have been fundraising and sharing my story. Transplants really do transform lives.’

The World Transplant Games, held every two years, are supported by the International Olympic Committee and take place from July 28 to August 4, featuring more than 1,000 athletes from 55 countries.