Peter Heffernan is a kidney transplant recipient (2011) from Skerries, Co. Dublin. Peter will compete in the 60-69 category in the
- Swimming 50m freestyle
- Swimming 100m freestyle
- Swimming 400m freestyle
- Swimming 50m back stroke
- Swimming 100m back stroke
Peter is a self-employed consulting engineer. Married to Patricia Carty, he is a proud father of two children.
Peter is a keen swimmer, and swam across Dublin Bay in 1976. In 2013, in advance of the World Transplant Games, he organised a group of transplant recipients to repeat the swim in a relay as a way of showcasing the importance and success of organ donation and transplantation.
He secured third in the Liffey Swim in the mid 70s and regularly competes in local swimming competitions.
In 2016 Peter enjoyed great success at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championship in Finland for swimming when he won 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. This winning streak continued just a few weeks later when he competed in the British Transplant Games and there he secured 5 Silver medals in swimming events.
Peter is World Champion for both the 50m and 100m backstroke following his outstanding performance at the previous World Transplant Games in Argentina in 2015 where he secured Gold in each event while competing in the younger 50-59 year age category.
Peter said in advance of this year’s World Games, “I had a few health setbacks this year but am delighted that I am able to participate in Malaga. I am really looking forward to competing and be the best that I can be”.