Tipperary transplant athletes take gold at World Games

Two Tipperary athletes took home six medals between them from this year’s World Transplant Games in South Africa.

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.

For organ donor cards, Freetext DONOR to 50050 of contact the Irish Kidney Association on LoCall 1890-43639 or log on to www.ika.ie