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North Runcton’s Malcolm strikes gold at 69

Malcolm Souza-Lewis (left) with training partner, Ken Izatt (Izatt) proudly displaying the two medals he won - gold (squash) and bronze (javelin) - at the British Transplant Games 2014 at Bolton ANL-140822-174109001

Malcolm Souza-Lewis (left) with training partner, Ken Izatt (Izatt) proudly displaying the two medals he won - gold (squash) and bronze (javelin) - at the British Transplant Games 2014 at Bolton ANL-140822-174109001

North Runcton’s 69-year-old Malcolm Souza Lewis won a gold and bronze to go with his impressive medal collection at this year’s Transplant Games.

The event was held in Bolton earlier this month but unfortunately the athletics event ran into the tail end of Hurricane Bertha.

The first three days were taken up with squash, badminton, tennis , volleyball, swimming, cycling, tenpin bowling, indoor bowls and other sports.

Mr Souza Lewis won a gold in the squash in his age group of 60 to 69.

But when it came to the final day strong winds and torrential rain were the order of the day. Indeed at one point the games had to be suspended.

Mr Souza Lewis came fourth in the cricket ball throw and the discus and got the bronze in the javelin.

He said: “I had an excellent chance of winning a medal in the high jump but that was cancelled because of the horrible weather.

“But I threw the discus and javelin further than any of the 70-plus age group, so there is an excellent chance that I will be selected for the British team to go to the World Transplant Games in Argentina next August when I will be a sprightly septuagenarian taking part in the 70-plus age category.

“I will know for certain when I get my selection letter from the British team managers in a few weeks time.”

One of the main aims of the Games, for people who have undergone organ transplants, is to publicise the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Mr Souza Lewis missed last year’s event with injury, including a knee replacement operation, so was happy to be back despite the weather.

He has trained his way back to fitness with support from the Bodyworks Gym in King’s Lynn.

 
 
 

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