Deirdre Faul is from Dublin, she is a liver transplant recipient and she will be competing in the 40-49 years age category in the
- Swimming Breaststroke 50m
- Swimming Breaststroke 100m
- Swimming Freestyle 400m
- Swimming Freestyle 100m
- Swimming Freestyle 50
Deirdre Faul is a liver transplant recipient & long-time member of Transplant Team Ireland. Deirdre is an all-round athlete who has competed as part of Transplant Team Ireland since 2006 in a huge number and variety of different sports. This year she will once again be taking to the pool competing in the following events: 400, 100 & 50m Freestyle and 100 & 50 m Breaststroke.
Deirdre has competed in the following previous games:
- 2015 World Transplant Games – Argentina
- 2014 European Championships – Poland
- 2013 World Transplant Games -South Africa
- 2011 World Transplant Games – Sweden
- 2010 European Games – Dublin
- 2009 World Transplant Games – Australia
- 2008 European Games – Germany
- 2007 World Transplant Games – Thailand
- 2006 European Games – Hungry
Deirdre’s recovery after her transplant was not easy or straighforward. Every day she is conscious of her health and tries to lead a healthy lifestyle through a good diet & exercise regime.
She cherishes the times she has spent as a member of the team-“being a member of Transplant Team Ireland & participating at the games has been my salvation.”Deirdre believes the games have enabled her to get back to a full and healthy lifestyle, they have also provided her with a positive way to promote organ donation while doing something she loves.
She is a huge advocate for organ donation using any occasion whether with Transplant Team Ireland or outside of the games to promote the need for people to carry an organ donor card and discuss being an organ donor with their family.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” (Gail Devers), and by her trying she hopes others may benefit.
The publicity gained by our team, through participation in such a prestigious event, also helps to encourage and promote the life-giving act of organ donation. I also see it as a way to honor my donor, give something back & potentially help someone else obtain that much needed gift.