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May 2016 | Transplant Athlete

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Meet Halfords Autocentres colleague Simon Ripley, a highly successful competitor in the British, European and World Transplant Games.

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Halfords Autocentres' very own transplant athlete

Meet Halfords Autocentres colleague Simon Ripley, a highly successful competitor in the British, European and World Transplant Games.

Simon, who works at our Darlington Autocentre, suffered heart failure after developing a chest infection in 2008, at the age of just 24. He had a heart transplant and was determined to keep as fit and active as possible.

So within three years, he was competing at the British Transplant Games and has since won multiple medals in his main sport of cycling as well as in volleyball.

He's been British champion four times, won two silvers at the European Games and bronze at the World Games in South Africa in 2013. Simon competed at last year's British Transplant Games but unfortunately didn't win a medal because of mechanical problems with his bike.

''It was just one of those things,'' says Simon. ''I was disappointed because I've never had so much as a puncture before. But I'm going to come back strong when I compete in this year's European Transplant Games in Finland. I'll be flying out this July and have just found out that the results will be part of selection process for the 2017 World Transplant Games in Spain!''

Simon, who also beat leukaemia when he was a young child, is loving working at Halfords Autocentres. ''My transplant was very much a new start for me,'' he says.

To keep up to date with Simon?s progress as he trains for the European Transplant Games in Finland this July follow his social media pages below:

Facebook:Simon Ripley Heart Transplant Cyclist

Twitter: @SimonRipley84