JADE Carr has returned from France with excess baggage – weighed down by the gold medals she won at the European Heart and Lung Games in France.
This was the Helsby High School pupil’s debut in the event and she got her birthday celebrations started early by gaining no fewer than five first places at Vichy.
For Jade, who turned 15 on Wednesday, this was a perfect way to mark National Transplant Week, and continue her remarkable sporting success.
Jade’s mum Lynne said: “We are so proud of Jade.
“She is an ambassador for Cheshire and the North West – not just for her sporting achievements but for raising awareness of how organ transplantation can change lives and how important it is for everyone to sign up and join the organ donor register.”
Jade had a heart transplant 11 years ago after being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition as a baby.
She has consistently made headlines through her all- round sporting exploits.
Her latest haul includes athletics golds for 100m (15.36 secs) and long jump (3.33m), singles and doubles victories in badminton and also the individual table tennis.
Jade, who competed against 18 to 35-year-olds in track and field events, even pulled her country through to an unlikely bronze medal in the women’s 4x100m.
Running the anchor leg, the Halton and Frodsham Harrier made up 80m on some of her rivals to snatch third place after receiving the baton in last place – her split time being 14.81.
National Transplant Week runs until this Sunday and Jade held a table tennis competition at her Halton TT club – raising £250 for the Transplant Sport UK Teen Team.
She also hopes to organise a badminton competition to further boost the fund and also raise awareness about organ transplantation.
Jade, of Runcorn, has the British Transplant Games coming up from August 7-10.
Further good news for the teenager is her GB selection for the next summer’s World Transplant Games in Australia.
Dad Rob said: “We will be eternally grateful to Jade’s donor family for their brave generosity 11 years ago which gave her the greatest gift of all – the gift of life.
“Without it, she would not be here today, living life to the full.”