It was a goal that gave me the hope and motivation while on the transplant waiting list. In May 2015, I received a phone call notifying me that I would be blessed with a new kidney. After the recovery phase, I could not wait to use the new strength in my body as I felt so privileged to be able to live without restriction and to partake in a sport that I love: cycling.
Cycling usually requires hours of commitment but the time spent in the saddle seems irrelevant to me as I feel the freedom life offers an organ transplant recipient every time I turn my pedals. The 2016 National Transplant Games offered me an opportunity to celebrate this precious life we have been given, as well as a chance to achieve my personal goal.
My goal was to qualify to represent South Africa at the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain in 2017. With complete humility and thankfulness, I am now able to work towards Spain next year as I completed the 20km Time Trial within the required time, setting a new world record.
As transplant athletes, we aim to encourage patients waiting for their gift of life, as well as organ recipients to lead a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. I am honoured to be part of an organisation such as SATSA, and I am thankful for my health and that I am able to lead this lifestyle of a transplant athlete. I honour my donor daily, and I give all the glory to God – my healer and provider.