Essex resident brings home seven gold medals from Transplant Games

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by Sylene Argent

It appears 10-year old Kaidyn Blair may have the Midas touch. He was happy to return home to Essex recently, after competing in the National Transplant Games held in Calgary in mid-July, with seven gold medals and a record-breaking performance.

Blair entered many events at the transplant games, including the ball throw, long jump, bowling, a running race, a 25-meter swimming race, a swimming relay, and the 100-meter swim.
Blair’s favourite event to compete in was the ball throw. The record in that event was 3.10 meters. He beat that record with an impressive toss that had the ball reach 3.25 meters.

“He gave it his all,” Tammy, Blair’s mom said about her athletic son.

Blair had the opportunity to enter into the 100-meter swim at the last moment and took the challenge. He was delighted to take a first in the event, but admitted it was a longer distance than he had anticipated. After Blair completed the event, he announced that he did it for a special friend that is currently waiting for a transplant.

Blair has competed in the National Transplant Games three times. This year, he competed in the 9 to 11-year old age division. Because this year’s event was held in Calgary, all the competitors received a white cowboy hat in celebration of the Calgary Stampede’s 100th anniversary after the official white hat salute was completed on the competition grounds.

In addition to competing, Blair admits that it is nice to get reacquainted with old friends he has met at the National Transplant Games. He manages to keep in contact with a few of his buddies on Face Time in between competitions.

Blair appreciates the great support he has received from local organizations, schoolmates, former teacher Mr. Kennedy, friends, and family to be able to get to the National Transplant Games.

After Blair was born, his parents were notified that his liver was damaged beyond repair. Two days after his first birthday, his parents received the news that their son would receive a piece of a liver.

The operation took place on April 27, 2003. Since then, 27 has been Blair’s lucky number.

It is important to Blair to forward information about organ donations to others.

At sixteen years of age, individuals can register to become an organ donor. Those who would like to become a donor must go online to register at www.beadonor.ca.  Information about organ donation is also available on the site or at www.giftoflife.on.ca.

In the future, Blair would like to make presentations at many schools to help inform students and their parents about organ donations.

3 Responses to Essex resident brings home seven gold medals from Transplant Games

  1. Thanks so much on a great article,
    just to clear up, the 3.25 meter was in long jump :) I believe his ball throw was 31 meter, which actually was less than his previous, but was not with regulation ball, so that threw it off.

    Jeremy Blair
    August 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  2. Way to go Kaidyn! Following your adventures from afar…
    Cousin Tracy in Florida

    Tracy Blair Bryson
    August 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  3. Congratulations Kaidyn! You are truly an amazing boy and this world is blessed to have you in it, you are truly and inspiration to everyone! God bless the person who gave you your liver!

    LISA A MAGEE
    August 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm