Athlete going for gold at Transplant Games

Sam Clarke and Simon Elmore with their gold medals from Argentina
Sam Clarke and Simon Elmore with their gold medals from Argentina

A law firm is helping an athlete realise his dreams of taking part in the European Transplant Games this summer.

Sam Clarke, from Altrincham, is hoping to compete in the discus, 100m relay, petanque, and tenpin bowling in Helsinki in July.

Sam, 23, was born with a genetic kidney disease and had a transplant in 2003 at the age of 11.

He has since competed at previous British Transplant Games and represented Team GB at the world games in Argentina last year.

Sam said: “I have won a variety of medals in the past 12 years, most recently two gold medals in the World Transplant Games in Argentina.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the biggest achievements in my life so far.

“I have now made it my personal goal to attend the European Transplant and Dialysis Games this year in Helsinki.”

Sam, who works at Pure Gym in Altrincham, trains under coach John Snape at Altrincham Athletics Club.

He trains up to five times a week despite having to take 13 medications a day.

Sam Clarke
Sam Clarke

He added: “It’s only been in the last couple of years that I have really taken athletics seriously and it has meant a massive change for the better in my life.

“In that time I have lost a lot of weight and it’s been great for my general fitness.

“It would mean everything to me to get to the European games and the hopefully the World Transplant Games in Malaga next year.”

A team of 12 solicitors from McHale and Co, which has offices in Altrincham, Heywood and Stretford, is running the Manchester 10k in May and then taking on a Three Peaks Challenge to scale Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and in July to help raise funds for Sam.

He needs around £1,000 to compete in Finland – extra money raised by McHale & Co will go to The Sport Community charity, which supports community projects with a specific target of helping sporting causes.

Andrew McHale, partner at McHale & Co, said: “I see Sam on a weekly basis down at Timperley running track where a couple of my children train.

“He’s a lovely lad who obviously has great determination to succeed.

“It is a great achievement to represent Great Britain.

“We sponsor a range of local sports teams so when I was asked to get involved with helping Sam get funding to represent Great Britain I jumped at the chance.”

For details of how to help Sam, go to the McHale website at