Transplant Team Ireland Manager Colin White, is a man of many hats, and someone who is not easily fazed. This week he has encouraged, motivated and inspired the Transplant Team Ireland Irish Athletes consistently to help them to achieve their best and reminding them to enjoy themselves while they’re doing it.
Colin has been Irish Team Manager and National Projects Manager for the Irish Kidney Association since 2005. He is known to be an extremely hard-working individual whom is both admired and loved by the entire team. This year Colin’s wife and Transplant Team dialysis athlete Chikoyo is part of the 28 strong team in Vantaa. While they don’t get to see much of one another due to Colin’s hectic schedule and Chikoyo’s participation in events the mutual respect and love between them is apparent to the entire team. This evening Colin when asked about their bond he referred to Chikoyo as his “inspiration”.
Colin currently holds the important roles of honorary treasurer of the World Transplant Games Federation as well as Honorary Secretary of the European Transplant & Dialysis Federation and thus is key player in the organisation of the Games’. While Colin is constantly in demand throughout the week long Games liaising with officials and organisers he never is too busy to show absolute support and direction to every single member of the team as well as their family members and supporters in Vantaa.
Team Captain Harry Ward and long-time Team Ireland member, described Colin as “very diligent and hard working, he always know’s what he’s doing. He is so easy to work with, no problem is every too big, nothing fazes Colin.”
At our final team meeting tonight a few members of the team shared their sentiments on the Team Manager. Ron Grainger, from Dublin, Uroglogist and kidney transplant recipient is attending his second European Games this year and tonight he shared a few words on how fundamental Colin is to the Irish Team, ” This team would not be the team it is without Colin, he constantly gives encouragement and motivation. Come hail, moon or shine he is there for each of us.”
At the meeting Colin also spoke of his great love of Team Ireland and how proud he is of each and every athlete. It is his constant encouragement of everyone to do their best no matter what their best is that makes him such a truly inspirational manager.
When asked of his week so far, Colin stressed how much of a pleasure it is to manage the Irish team, “there is so much positivity and joy for life. It is an absolute privilege to manage the Irish Team”
Less than two weeks after the Team arrives home from Vantaa, Colin will once again put on his Team Manager hat as nine members of the adult team as well as seven transplant children (including heart, liver and kidney transplant recipients) will travel to Liverpool to represent Ireland at the British Transplant Games which will take place from 28th – 31st July.
Tomorrow night, Transplant Team Ireland will attend the closing ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Rantaisipi Hotel in Vantaa. The team and travelling supporters will return home to Dublin airport, terminal 1 arrivals hall, this Sunday (at 4 pm approx. airline Norwegian.com) For more information on the 9th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website www.vantaa2016.fi/en
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