EDEN athlete John Leveson won a gold and a silver medal at the British Transplant Games, held in Belfast.
John, from Langwathby was a member of the liver transplant team for the second year, competing in the swimming, walking and cycling events — and it was in cycling that he excelled, taking gold in the individual time trial and silver in the road race.
Last year — just nine months after he underwent a lifesaving liver transplant at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital — John twice climbed on to the podium when the Games were held in Bath. He received a silver medal after finishing second in a 5km speed walk and bronze for a third-placed finish in a cycling time trial.
“I am really pleased with my results this year,” he said. “After a reasonable performance last year, I set myself a goal of gaining a top placing this year, which I needed to help me qualify towards the European Games for next year.”
John, who is a member of Beacon Wheelers Cycling Club, added: “Joining Beacon Wheelers grasstrack sessions on a Thursday evenings and club rides on a Sunday morning have complemented my other training sessions, and helped me achieve something I would never have believed possible before my operation two years ago.
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