A KIDDERMINSTER swimmer has been among the medals at the world transplant games.

Paul Meikle represented Team GB and NI at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga which hosted1,350 competitors from 52 different countries. Britain and Northern Ireland entered 173 athletes in total and won 166 gold medals, 90 silver medals and 104 bronzes. The swimming team had 46 swimmers and won 67 golds, 23 silvers, 32 bronzes and recorded 30 new world records.

Paul competed in the 15-17 age group and won gold in the 100m backstroke in a world record time, and gold in the 200m freestyle, he also took silver in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and finally got the bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

Paul had a liver transplant at Birmingham Children's Hospital when he was 15 months old. He was encouraged by the staff at BCH to join the team for the British Transplant Games and has participated every year since 2009.

His success in the British games led to his selection for the World Transplant Games.

British manager, Lynne Holt, said: “Not only are these athletes ambassadors for our country, but they are also representing the charity, Transplant Sport, and hope to raise awareness here in the UK and globally, of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with their family and friends”.

To register on the NHS Organ Donor Register, please telephone 0300 123 23 23, or go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk to register online.