Orla Hogan – Tipperary


Orla Hogan - Tipperary
Orla Hogan – Tipperary

Orla had a kidney transplant in 2008 and lives in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.  This will be her 10th time to compete and this summer she will compete in the 40-49 year age category:

  • 5km Mini-Marathon
  • Swimming – 50m Breast Stroke
  • Swimming – 50m Freestyle
  • 10 Pin Bowling Singles
  • Track & Field 3km Power Walk

‘I’m married to Ger 12 years.  My brother, Cathal, gave me my current kidney 10 years ago this June which is my 4th and longest transplant.  I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers.   I work in the office of Suaimhneas Cancer Support Centre.  It’s a fun place to work.  I swim, walk, jog, do Zumba for fun and CrossFit.  I enjoy exercise.  I would like to acknowledge my sponsors.’

‘I would recommend the Games to anyone as they are great fun.  It keeps me exercising.  You meet lots of people as we all have a story.  We all support each other.  It is a great family feel to the team.’

‘I hope to do my best for my donor Cathal and my other donors too.  I will meet old friends and new friends.  We will support each other.’

‘The games to me is about promoting that organ donation works and gives new life.  I will be spending a week with my other family and we will have a great time.’

Orla has competed in 9 Transplant Games to date including:

2017 – World Transplant Games Spain

2016 – European Championship Finland

2014 – European Championship Poland

2013 – World Games South Africa

2011 – World Games Sweden

2010 – European Games Ireland

2009 – World Games Australia

2006 – European Games Hungary

2004 – European Games Slovenia

Orla enjoyed great success at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland where she won 2 Silver medals in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke swimming events as well as a Bronze medal in the Ball Throw event. 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.




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