Two Tipperary athletes took home six medals between them from this year’s World Transplant Games in South Africa.
Nenagh athlete Sheila Gregan, who received a kidney transplant, took gold in the virtual triathlon event which combined her speed in the 20km cycle, the 5km race and the 400 m freestyle swim. Sheila, a regular triathlete and avid swimmer, was delighted with the result. Earlier in the week she won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle event.
Sheila reflected on her donor following her win saying: “At the end of the day, the reason I am here is down to my donor and the decision the donor family took to donate their loved ones organs. I find it difficult to articulate my gratitude in words so I honour my donor by using my body to the best of its abilities, through sport.”
Tipperary’s other medallist was young Andrew Duncan, 15, from Clonmel, a newcomer to the team, who took four medals, sharing the haul with fellow athletes John Moran, 54, from Glasnevin, Dublin, and Tony Gartland, 50, from Carlow.
Andrew received a living donor kidney transplant from his father, Malcolm, in 2012, and proved to be a pro at the racket sports, bagging two gold, one silver and one bronze in squash, badminton and table tennis.
The Ireland team arrived into Dublin Airport this Monday to a fantastic welcome from family, friends and supporters.
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