Sports Achievement Award
An organ transplant patient from Penryn who defied the odds to win a number of swimming medals has been recognised in the ‘Sports Achievement’ Award at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.
Tracy Carroll was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2010, receiving a lifesaving transplant from her mum in January 2011. Due to Tracy's illness she had not been able to go for short walks, let alone exercise fully.
An advocate of the NHS organ donation scheme, Tracey decided to train in swimming and in 2014 participated in the British Transplant Games.
She was then selected to represent Team GB in the 2015 World Transplant Games in Argentina. Tracy surpassed all expectations coming home with six medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze) in the swimming events.
The award was sponsored by Clive Mitchell Cycles, and Tracey collected the award at the ceremony held at Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives.