A Tribute to the Prolific Colin White, Team Ireland Manager 

As the week at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga has drawn to a close, Team Ireland has returned home victorious. Transplant Team Ireland arrived in Dublin airport yesterday evening. In the arrivals’ hall, the team paid tribute to the team manager extraordinaire that is Colin White, for all of his tireless work and support for the team during the week-long Games in Malaga and of course the tireless work he did in the months leading up to the Games.
Colin is a man of many hats, as his roles not only include being a much loved Transplant Team Ireland Manager, he is also the National Projects Manager for the Irish Kidney Association as well as Secretary of the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Federation, and to add to this during the Games he was also reappointed as the Treasurer of the World Transplant Games Federation for another four year term.
Team Captain Harry Ward has known Colin for many years and can vouch for what a committed and successful manager he is, Harry said, “Colin is such a hard working, diligent man. He makes sure we are all okay above himself. He never stops working, even on the bus between venues. I consider him to be an excellent man and a great friend.”
At the end of the week Team Doctor, Claire Kennedy reflected on the vast amount of preparation by Colin in the lead up to the Games which was followed by an incredible amount of work during the week at the Games. It was this tireless work and effort that ensured the enjoyment of the Games for the entire team.
Claire said, “He put in an incredible amount of background work in the lead up to in the Games that ensured everything ran very smoothly. He was last to bed every night and sometimes he was working into the early hours and first up in the morning. He was up at the crack of dawn every morning to make sure everyone got to each event. He is such a dedicated and kind team manager. Hopefully the team will have him for many years to come. He gave it 110%. A successful Games for him is when everyone is happy and enjoying themselves.”

In addition to all of his many roles with the Irish Kidney Association, Transplant Team and Games federation, Colin is a much loved husband, son and brother. His wife Chikoyo greeted Colin at the Airport with open arms, proud of all that he has achieved.


PRESS RELEASE                        2.7.17
The 27 members of Transplant Team Ireland can take pride in their performances at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga both on and off the competitive field as they returned home to an informal homecoming reception greeted by a large gathering of family, friends and supporters at Dublin airport today, Sunday (Terminal One Arrivals Hall, 6pm approx.). The Irish team won a total of 32 medals while at the same time demonstrating their zest for life, team spirit, sportsmanship and infectious goodwill while honouring their organ donors. The Irish team’s impressive medals haul includes 14 Gold, 7 Silver and 11 Bronze from various sporting events.
Team member, Dubliner Deirdre Faul, (a liver transplant recipient), managed to break two world records in the swimming pool on her way to winning 4 gold medals, including her 6th world title in Squash.
The main objective for Team Ireland members, who range in age from 30 to 79, when taking part in the Games is to embrace life and promote organ donation. The team includes 4 liver transplant recipients and 23 kidney transplant recipients. Four newcomers joined the Irish team for the games and Michelle Reinhardt McCabe a kidney transplant recipient from Smithboro Monaghan, won 2 Gold medals in athletics at her first ever transplant games. Galway native Sinead McGowan travelled from Australia, where she now lives, to join the team and put in outstanding performances in track and field events clinching 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals.
The 21st World Transplant Games involved 1000 competitors from 51 countries and every athlete who competed will have received a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or bone marrow transplant. This was the second largest gathering of transplant recipients for the biennial World Games event, next to when they were held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2009. The standard of competition this year was at unprecedented levels with numerous world records falling. Daily temperatures in the mid 30s added an extra challenge for athletes and supporters but Team Doctor, Claire Kennedy, ensured that everyone kept well.
In contemplating the competition they would face during the week, team members knew that it was about the training put in and delivering a performance on the day. With a number of personal bests achieved across a variety of events the team showed their mettle. Darts featured in the Games for the first time and Cork man Charlie Ryan (from Cobh) added a world title to his 5 European titles and took home with him 2 Gold medals as well as 1 Bronze which he won along with Dubliner Lenny Ryan and fellow Cork man Mike Keohane in the Darts triples event. Mike also won two Silver medals for the Discus and 5k race walk event. Wicklow man Garry Campbell won 2 Gold for Gold singles as well as in the Golf pair’s event with Dubliner Michael Dwyer. Marie O’Connor from Lahinch in Clare also won a Gold medal for Golf along with a Bronze medal for Petanque. The oldest member of the team John McAleer, (age 79) from Antrim, also won a medal in in Golf, a bronze, and the youngest member of the team Rachel Eagleton (30) from Bettystown, Meath won a Silver medal in Tennis.
The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for coordinating and managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at European and World Transplant Games events. Colin White, the National Projects Manager of the Irish Kidney Association is the Ireland Team Manager. In reflecting on this year’s Games Colin said, “Team members, competitors and supporters alike, should be proud of their performance throughout the week. We continued our long held record of winning medals on every day of competition at a World Transplant Games. Equally, this year’s team built on our reputation for a sense of fair play and support for all. Our athletes are truly inspirational as they show others affected by organ failure what can be achieved post-transplant. I would like to think that the public will also have been inspired by our athletes as they have shown the life transforming impact of saying YES to organ donation and making sure that family know your wishes”.
Four members from the current team (Dubliners Deirdre Faul, Peter Heffernan, Kieran Murray from Donegal and Tony Gartland, Carlow) took part in the previous World Transplant Games in Argentina in 2015 and between them, with a much smaller team, they won 13 medals including 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze. Two years previously at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa 2013, the Irish team of 24 athletes scooped 34 medals including 12 Gold, 10 Silver and 12 bronze with 50 competing countries.
Athletes competed in their respective age categories in the following events: badminton, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, squash, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon, and track and field.
For more information on World Transplant Games and the Irish athletes visit the Irish team blog http://www.transplantteamireland.ie<http://www.transplantteamireland.ie/> Visit the Games website http://www.wtgmalaga2017.com/en<http://www.wtgmalaga2017.com/en>
THE FULL IRISH PANEL IS AS FOLLOWS (and their individual ‘athlete profiles’ are on the team blog):-

ANTRIM: John McAleer, Newtownabbey (kidney) (oldest member of the team)

CORK: Mike Keohane, Clonakilty (liver); Charlie Ryan, Cobh (liver); Michael Kiely, Mitchelstown, on the Limerick border (kidney); Pat O’Sullivan, Mallow (kidney)

CARLOW: Tony (Patrick Anthony) Gartland, Hacketstown (liver), first liver transplant person in Ireland

CLARE: Marie O’Connor, Lahinch (kidney)

DONEGAL: Kieran Murray, Ramelton (kidney)

GALWAY: Sinead McGowan, Renmore (living in Australia)

KERRY: Con Brosnan, Killarney (kidney)

KILDARE: James Nolan, Kilcullen (kidney)

MEATH: Tony Gavigan, Navan, a native of Lanesborough, Longford (kidney transplant and father of deceased donor); Rachel Eagleton, Bettystown (kidney) – youngest member of the team

MONAGHAN: Michelle Reinhardt McCabe, Smithboro (kidney)

TIPPERARY: Orla Hogan, Nenagh (kidney); Sheila Gregan, Nenagh (kidney)

WICKLOW: Garry Campbell, Greystones (kidney)

DUBLIN: Ron Grainger, Castleknock, D.15 (kidney); Harry Ward, Team Captain, Baldoyle, D.13 (kidney); Paul Prendergast, Santry, D.9 (kidney); Anthony Byrne, Artane (kidney); Angela Sherlock, Greenhills (kidney); Peter Heffernan, Skerries (kidney); Aoife Murray, Clonsilla, (liver);

Michael Dwyer, Cabinteely (kidney); Leonard Ryan, Tallaght, D 24 (kidney); and Deirdre Faul, Dalkey (liver).

Team Manager, Colin White from Balbriggan, Dublin

Team Doctor, Claire Kennedy, from Lucan and living in Clontarf, Dublin
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32 Medals including 14 GOLD, 7 SILVER AND 11 BRONZE
Transplant Team Ireland’s return flight on Ryanair is expected to land at Dublin airport Terminal One on Sunday July 2nd at 17.30 hours. An informal homecoming reception by family, friends and supporters will take place in the Arrivals Hall (Terminal One) as the team are expected to come through after collecting baggage at approx. 18 hrs. 

Monaghan woman takes long jump Gold on final day of World Transplant Games in Malaga

Ireland’s Sheila and Sinead win Gold and Bronze medals for Virtual Triathlon

Galway native Sinead McGowan and Sheila Gregan from Tipperary were awarded Gold and Bronze medals respectively for the Virtual Triathlon (age category 40-49 years) at the World Transplant Games in Malaga today, on the final day of events. The silver medal in the same event was won by a USA athlete. The results for the virtual triathlon are a culmination of three events which took place over the week at the World Games including the 5k road race, 30k cycling event and 1500m freestyle swimming event.
Sheila Gregan, a kidney transplant recipient from Nenagh said, “I’m thrilled, it’s the hardest fought medal but nothing that’s this worthwhile is easy. I’m so happy with it. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me. the clubs at home, the Nenagh Triathlon Club, my own family and, of course, ultimately my donor and their family”.
Sinead McGowan, also a kidney transplant recipient, has enjoyed huge success at the Games and can add her latest Gold medal to another Gold and two Silver medals which she has already won in running events at the week-long games.
Transplant Team Ireland returns home to Dublin airport tomorrow Sunday and will be greeted by family, friends and supporters at an informal reception when the come through to the arrivals hall at 6pm approx.