A 16-year-old Welwyn athlete who underwent a heart transplant at 23 days old has gone on to win six medals at the World Transplant Games.

Sarah Cox, who trains with Herts Phoenix Athletic Club at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City, represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Perth, Australia.

The athlete won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and shot put category, for age group U15-17.

She then went on to win another gold medal in the GB and NI senior A-team 4x100m relay.

Sarah also bagged two silver medals in the high jump and long jump category.

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The 16-year-old said: "It was amazing to be able to compete for my country in Australia and I was delighted to win medals at my first games. I can't wait for the next one in Germany in two years' time."

"I wouldn't be here at all if it wasn't for the generosity of a family somewhere out there who gave me a gift of life. Being able to compete at the World Transplant Games is a celebration of that gift."

When Sarah was just 23 days old, she became one of the youngest children ever to be given a heart transplant.

Given slim chances of survival by doctors after being diagnosed with viral meningitis, the youngster has now defied the odds and triumphed on the sporting field.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The athlete won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and shot put, for age group U15-17.The athlete won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and shot put, for age group U15-17. (Image: Jennie Cox)

The World Transplant Games is an international multi-sport event for transplant recipients.

It saw over 2,500 transplant recipients, live donors, donor families and supporters travel to Australia from all over the world to compete, support and, most importantly, raise awareness of the lifesaving benefits of organ donation.  

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A spokesperson from Herts Phoenix Athletic Club said: "Herts Phoenix athletics club is committed in delivering help and support for everyone from the beginner to the elites. 

"We strive in allowing all our athletes to reach their goals and fulfilments.  

"The club is very proud of all its athletes and in certain cases such as with Sarah Cox’s achievements taking into account her history, the club are super proud and will carry on supporting Sarah and everyone else in every way." 

The next World Transplant Games takes place in Dresden, Germany in 2025.