It was a busy day at the British Transplant Games for our Dublin Adults and Dublin Children’s teams with people competing in Table Tennis, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Ball Throw, Race Walk and the Mini Marathon. Between our two teams we amassed 4 golds, 7 silvers and 2 bronzes!
Today we saw great sporting performances, great potential, great team spirit and developing friendships. There was so much talk of looking to a future in transplant sports with a sense of great optimism and enthusiasm. Our supporters were vocal and enthusiastic and our team captain, Harry Ward, gave it 110% as usual – he is both loved and appreciated by all!
Kevin Lavery and Ciaran Curley made a splash in the pool today. Kevin won silvers in both the 25m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle (achieving impressive Pb’s in both). Ciaran showed real fighting spirit in taking bronze in the 25m backstroke.
With over 300 children taking part in ball throw it was a hectic event. We had 6 of our children’s team taking part and Paul O’Sullivan put in a great effort to come away with a bronze in his age category.
Race Walk: (Children)
Isabelle Goggin walked away with a gold medal in the 3km race walk this afternoon. It was a fabulous performance for the first time she ever competed in the event. Her determination, and impressive style, ensured the great result.
Race Walk: (Adults)
It’s three in a row for Cork man Mike Keohane as he walked his way to yet another gold in the 5km and the British Transplant Games. It was a comprehensive performance as he comfortably dipped below 29 minutes for the distance.
Fresh from their successful exploits in the pool at the recent European Championships, Peter Heffernan and Orla Hogan took to the water again. Peter came away with an impressive haul of 5 silver medals – it took the great Bill Noble to beat him!
Mini Marathon: (Children)
Children’s team captain, Jack O’Brien, was back to defend his title he won so impressively in the 3km in Newcastle in 2015. He achieved his goal, winning gold (12-14 years) in some style as he recorded a time of 13mins 24secs. Not to be outdone, team newcomer, Tara Madigan,took gold in the 3km (9-11 years) in sub 16 minutes!
Anthony Byrne took on table tennis to follow up on his exploits in the sport in the British Transplant Games in Newcastle 2015. It is a competitive sport and Tony acquitted himself well.
Crown Lawn Bowls:
Ned Crowe competed well in Lawn Bowls as he showed his willingness to take on a wide variety of sports.