Joe ‘Dickie’ Matthews – 5x World Transplant Games Gold Medalist
Twitter: @heartboi Instagram: heartboi
Sponsors: Transplant Sport UK & ROCKERLINE Clothing
- World’s Fastest Man on 2nd Heart (I like that one)
- 5 times World Transplant Games Gold Medalist
World & British Transplant Games:
- World Shot Put Champion (Gold)
- 100m (Bronze)
- Long Jump (Silver)
- 4 x 100m World Relay (Silver)
- 4 x 400m World Relay (Gold)
Cycling- British Transplant Games:
- Time Trial (Silver)
- Road Race (Bronze)
World Winter Transplant Games:
- Snowboard [Slalom] (Gold)
All round adrenaline junky who lives life like it should be lived. I received a donor heart back in 2006 and made a promise to my donors family that a good life would be lived for their loved one through me!
I guess I’ve stuck to that promise and will continue to inspire anyone who is at rock bottom just like I was that anything is possible. If you put your mind to it you can achieve anything. It just depends on how badly you want it? I guess I’m living proof of that.
To go from a 19 year old who was just turning into a professional rugby player, to knocking on deaths door then to where I am right now is probably my biggest achievement. But hey life is for living and that’s all I’m doing really.