By JANICE HARRIS
ITS GOLD, gold, gold for Trish Kramer and she’s won her gold medal with something equally as shiny - a sequin.
Using the QU combination on a triple word score Mrs Kramer took out the gold medal at the 2012 Transplant Games in Newcastle on Tuesday night in the scrabble competition.
Adding to her excitement was her support person and constant companion at the games Wendy Anderson, took out a silver pin in the supporter category.
“Wendy has been absolutely wonderful in helping me get to these games and spend the time here,” said Mrs Kramer.
“She is one of mum’s old dear school friends and they only found each other again last year after many years and she wanted to be here with me to help me through,” she said.
“It really has been very special,” she said.
Mrs Kramer received a new heart 18 months ago in a transplant operation at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
However it is only since April she says she has started to regain her strength after numerous return trips to Sydney and changes in medication to counteract the rejection by her body of her new heart.
Her many hours spent in bed or on the lounge when she wasn’t feeling her best as she played scrabble on her iPad have paid off.
“It was the word sequin where I was able to use the q and u on a triple word score that did it for me,” she said.
Cheering her on back here in Orange during the games are Mrs Kramer’s husband Adam who has had to remain at work and her family members who have supported her through the many months of her recovery.