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Super Sandie's Spanish Success

Last week, Invicta athlete Sandie Tiley competed at the World Transplant Games in Malaga for what was her 3rd attendance at these Games.


Sandie suffers from polycysystic kidney disease which, 12 years ago, resulted in a transplant. Sandie was part of a team of 200 athletes (the third biggest British team after the Olympic & Paralympic teams) who competed for Britain, all having undergone different transplant surgeries. As something that is hereditary, Sandie is keen to raise awareness of polycysystic kidney disease as both her brother and daughter suffer from it and will be needing a transplant within the next couple of years. The Transplant Games also serve to raise awareness for the need for transplants and stress the importance for everyone to get on the NHS organ donor register.


The Games show incredible athletes who have pushed their limits to continue training following life-saving surgeries. This year, over 2,500 athletes took part from 55 countries.


Prior to the Games, Sandie stressed how nervous she was as many of her main competitors had moved up to the same age group. However, she proved that this was not a problem for her, as she brought home 3 gold medals (5k road race, 800m & 400m) and 2 silvers (100m & 200m)! What a fantastic achievement!


At the age of 66, Sandie is the oldest member of the Carlo’s sprints group. However, she doesn’t let this phase her. She runs with athletes who are much quicker than her and yet she continues to push herself through every training session without fail, never giving up and never losing motivation.


Coach Claire Battersby ‘We are all so proud of Sandie. Our group of athletes adore her, she is always picking athletes up when they are down and making everyone feel included. What she has achieved this week is inspirational and as a group, we couldn’t be happier for her!’