Sue Hales comes home with four medals
by Pam Gladwin
Sue Hales - winner of the Silver Medal for the 50m Backstroke in a personal best time of 51.49 in the World Transplant games, which were held in The Gold Coast Australia. Not content with that she went on to win three Bronze Medals in the 50m in 48.37 and 100m Breaststroke in 1.48.02, both personal best times and the Bronze in the Medley relay. What a fantastic performance. Sue told me that the competition was very hard, with extremely good teams from both Australia the host nation and USA. There were 49 countries competing and Great Britain was the overall winner, with Australia 2nd and USA 3rd.
Sue is now back home and has asked me to thank everyone who made her trip possible. Sue gets no help with funding and had to pay her own way out to Australia. One of the ways she used to get funds was from a sale of her husband, David Hales' pigeons. He bred a round of young birds for her to sell. This is a list of the people that bought pigeons or helped in other ways - she hopes she has remembered everyone: Duncan Goodchild, Bernie Wellman, Jonathan Gladwin, D O’Brian, Hugh Higgins, Roger Withall, Graham Stutt, Charles Job, Adam Hamilton, Malcolm Gibbins, Keith and Linda Turner for their donations from there family and friends, Peter from Southern Pigeon Couriers. Also many friends and family, local business Sapwoods and South Woodham Ferris Swimming club and Asda at South Woodham Ferris. Sue wants to say a great big thank to everyone but most of all thank you to her husband David and Duncan Goodchild for breeding the youngsters for the sale. Without thir support it would not have been possible.
I would just like to add my own congratulations to Sue; this was a tremendous achievement against the best in the world.