Medal win for Potters Bar's Justine
PUBLISHED: 11:58 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009
TRANSPLANT survivor Justine Laymond has won a bronze medal at the British Transplant Games. The event which kicked off alongside the Olympics in Beijing saw the former Potters Bar girl in action just two years after her double-lung
TRANSPLANT survivor Justine Laymond has won a bronze medal at the British Transplant Games.
The event which kicked off alongside the Olympics in Beijing saw the former Potters Bar girl in action just two years after her double-lung transplant.
Speaking to the Potters Bar Edition Justine said: "Everything I have done is in honour of my donor, I want him to be proud of me."
Justine, 35, achieved third place in the 100m sprint, having already won three silvers in the 100m, 400m and 100m relay in the dedicated European Heart and Lung Games earlier in the year.
She said she knew it was going to be a lot harder in the transplant games, as all recipients could compete, even those who had smaller organ donations.
"I lost to the kidney girls," she said, "So I was happy to even get a bronze."
She added: "It's been great to watch the Olympics and that's something to aim for.
"I hope that next year I get silver, and each year I get better and better."
She added: "I think it's very surreal to know two years ago I was on my deathbed and knew I was dying.
"Since the transplant my whole life has been an amazing rollercoaster."
Justine is still raising money for LAM action which supports people who have the same lung disease as her, visit www.justgiving.com/justinelaymond
She also currently has an art exhibition of her original works at the Wyllyotts centre in Potters Bar.