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Lincolnshire teen bags eight more medals at British Transplant Games, including five golds

Phenomenal Lincolnshire teenager Declan Bennett has won a remarkable eight more medals at the British Transplant Games, following on from his similar success on the world scene.

Woodhall Spa-based Declan, 18, secured five golds, two silvers and a bronze medal in the British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

This latest success for the swimmer and track and field athlete adds to his six gold medals at the World Transplant Games this year.

At the age of seven, it was discovered that Declan had chronic renal failure – a condition that meant he needed a kidney transplant.

Declan received a living donor kidney transplant from his father Guy in 2009.

The donated kidney enabled Declan to work towards a healthy lifestyle and return to the many sporting activities that he enjoyed prior to surgery.

This was the first time that Declan has entered the British Transplant Games in a more competitive age category, competing with athletes up to the age of 29.

Declan said: “I can’t quite believe that I have won another eight medals since the World Transplant Games!

“This was the first time I had competed in the adult category at the British Transplant Games which were more challenging for me.

“Although it was unfamiliar territory, I had a wonderful time and it was really nice to be on home turf again.”

Declan is supported by The Elite Fish and Chip Company, which has restaurants in Lincoln, Sleaford and Ruskington.