Orla Hogan is a kidney transplant recipient from Tipperary, and she will be competing in the following sports in the 30-39 category:
- Track & Field – 3km Race Walk
- Swimming – 50m Breast Stroke
- Swimming – 50m Freestyle
- Road Race – 5k
- Bowling SIngles (Women)
Orla is 10 years married to Ger this year. She received a kidney from her little brother. She has 2 brothers and 3 sisters, 3 nephews and 2 nieces. Orla enjoys representing Ireland as it gets her training and keeping fit. ‘It is another family who are all great fun, it is such a great message to thank my donor all my donors as i’ve had 4 transplant’. Orla works in an office in nenagh cancer support centre. it provides support for lots of different people and she really enjoys it. ‘I enjoy sports swimming walking running and i enjoy watching all sport, i like travelling and have seen the world at many different games. Really looking forward to games as meeting friends and making new friends and to try my best at my sports’.
‘By living life, doing sport is a way my brother can see how much it means i hope’
Orla has competed in 5 Transplant Games to date including:
2013 – World Games South Africa
2011 – World Games Sweden
2010 – European Games Ireland
2009 – World Games Australia
2006 – European Games Hungary
2004 in European Games Slovenia
Last summer Orla enjoyed great success at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland were she won 2 Silver medals in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breasstroke swimming events as well as a Bronze medal in the Ball Throw event. A few weeks later she took part in the British Transplant Games and although she did not attain a podium place she put in good performances in her events.
In recognition of her success and that of her fellow Tipperary teammate Ned Crowe they each received An Annerville Special Achievement Award for 2016.