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Cononley cricketer Michael Rice takes part in British Transplant Games
9:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A Cononley cricketer is set to take part in the British Transplant Games.
Bone marrow transplant recipient Michael Rice, who lives on Skipton Road, will run in the 100m and 200m and will also do the cricket ball throw during the Games, which will be held in Sheffield from today to Sunday.
Although Mr Rice, 30, is looking forward to taking part in the three events, he is also organising a first ever six-a-side soft cricket match for transplant recipients, which will take place on Saturday.
Mr Rice was an avid cricketer and rugby player, but shortly after graduating university in 2004 he was diagnosed with leukaemia, and then had a bone marrow transplant in 2005.
“I was really ill and had to have three courses of chemotherapy, but ever since having the transplant I’ve not been back into hospital, aside from the usual appointments,” he said.
The transplant provided Mr Rice with a new lease of life – and he has since organised an 11-a-side Great Britain Transplant Cricket Club, which features a variety of organ transplant recipients from all over the country.
“We have a lot of very good cricketers, but we’ve had to tweak the game slightly to suit them,” he said. “We play shorter games and split them up, instead of playing 40 over cricket.”
Mr Rice stressed the importance of transplant recipients living a healthy lifestyle and said playing sport was a big part of that.
“If people can get back into a healthy lifestyle, it really helps,” he said. “The guys I play with are a testament to that.”
As Mr Rice’s cricketers come from all over the country, the team only play about four fixtures a year. However, one of the teams they have played was a transplant side from Australia.
“It’s a challenge getting everyone together, and so this is the first time we’ve had enough to have a game of soft cricket at the British Transplant Games.”
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