August 26, 2008: Transplant recipient is all heart

      Tuesday, August 26, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University ESL instructor, Carrie Jung, entered the 2005 World Transplant Games as a joke three years after receiving a new heart. She came in third in the 100 metre sprint and second in the long jump.

      The following year, she competed in the 100 metre, 200 metre and mixed team 4 X 100 metre relay and won gold in all three events. In 2007, Carrie went to the World Transplant Games in Bangkok, placing second in the 100 metre and first in the 200 metre. In 2008, Carrie made another giant leap and signed up for the Canadian Master’s Track and Field Championships, the first time in her life racing against what she calls “normal people.”

      “I had a great time at the Masters Track and Field Championships in Regina,” Carrie said about the event held earlier this month where she won a silver medal in the 100m in her age group. “I learned so much from the other athletes and left the games feeling very positive, and with a new sense of confidence in myself.”

      From Regina, Carrie went directly to the Canada Transplant Games in Windsor, Ontario, where she raced in the 100m (gold), 200m (gold), one jump in the long jump (silver) and 4 X 100 mixed relay (nothing.)

      “We tried,” she said, “but our team wasn't strong.”