In his senior year at Churchie, Old Boy Monty Summers (2006) was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Consequently, his intense training regime as a runner came to a sudden halt. Fatigue, both physically and mentally, very quickly took on a whole new meaning. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Monty was able to realise that whilst leukaemia was now a large part of his life, it is not the entirety of it. Ever since, his running career has been riddled with highs and lows. One thing however that has never diminished, is his passion to run.
On the march to Malaga for the 2017 World Transplant Games, Monty will train at European Training Centre of Excellence in Italy. He is the first Australian transplant recipient to be selected to train there. Monty hopes to achieve the triple-triple by bringing home gold in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m at the World Transplant Games for the third time. He currently holds the Australian Transplant Records for each event from 100m through to 5km and the world records for the 400m, 800m and 1500m. He achieved his three world records in 2013 at the World Transplant Games, where he won three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.
Notwithstanding his personal endeavour to achieve, one of Monty’s biggest wishes is get more transplant patients, more active, more often. Furthermore, he hopes to increase the profile for elite transplant athletes across the nation, thus ensuring they have the opportunity to achieve their sporting dreams. To assist with this, Monty is raffling a framed singlet and medals. Each medal represents an individual national track record. The singlet, which he treasures dearly, represents the outcome of ten years of hard work to come back from leukaemia and the strength he found in representing Australia. Even more importantly however, it represents the last time he teamed up with his father. After scooping three world records at the 2015 World Transplant Games in South Africa, Monty’s dad suffered a haematoma, resulting in the painful decision to switch off his life support. Monty reflects: “Those were great past memories and I want to create more. So I hope by raffling this singlet that I can continue to achieve greater heights and achieve beyond what is deemed possible.”
Tickets are selling for only $1 per ticket and the prize will be drawn at the end of July. To purchase, please contact Monty by email or on Facebook. Alternatively, you can donate by clicking on the following link. All donations above $2 are tax deductible. Support Monty