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Ryan is star of transplant games again!
10:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A Bradford City fan who led the team out at Wembley in the Capital One Cup Final is celebrating a sporting success at the British Transplant Games.
Ryan Siddall took bronze medals for swimming and badminton at the competition held in Sheffield. He also competed at table tennis, which he won gold in last year, and ball-throw for which he took home a bronze medal in 2012.
It is the fifth time the 12-year-old has competed in the annual games, which this year attracted 670 children and adult competitors.
Ryan, who was born with kidney damage, received a kidney from his father, Ian, and underwent a transplant seven years ago.
The modest Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College pupil said he felt “alright” about winning.
Mum Rose Siddall said Ryan had moved up an age category since last year so the competition, which he had worked really hard for, was tougher.
She said Ryan had only had two training sessions in badminton before the games.
“He’s never played badminton before, so to go to the games and win bronze was great! We told him to just have a go if he wanted to and that it wasn’t about winning medals and just to go see if he liked it.
“I couldn’t believe how good he was. He just picked it up straight away,” she said.
“He enjoys the games and we do too because it helps us talking to people who are going through the same. We might be able to give them advice and they might be able to give us advice from what they’ve been through. And we socialise on a night too, which is something we don’t really get chance to do.”
Mrs Siddall said it was important to encourage children to join in the games to boost their confidence.
“The games are about getting involved with other children and also really to get awareness across to try and get people to be donors.
“The games were held in Sheffield this year, but are in different cities each year to spread awareness across the country,” she said.
Ryan, of Boldron Holt, Buttershaw, will likely need another transplant before he is 20.
“Without this happening people are not aware that transplants aren’t for life. They think that when children have a transplant they will be okay, but they’re not.”