Tony Gartland was the first person to undergo a liver transplant in Ireland. The liver transplant operation took place in 1999, 25 years ago.
The bachelor, from Hacketown on the Carlow / Wicklow border, who is a self employed carpenter, is one to watch having enjoyed success at previous Games over many years.
He has participated in every biennial World Transplant Games, bar one, since 1995 and he competed in three European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships which take place on alternate years to World Games. Tony has accumulated a large haul of medals from both Europeans and World Games.
At the three European Games he participated in – Slovenia 2004, Hungary 2006 and Dublin 2010 – he managed to win three medals in each country – in all colours, Gold, Silver and Bronze for his race events.
He will be competing in the 50-59 years age category and his events are:
- 5km road run
- 3km Power walk
- 800m Track
- 1500m Track
- Ten Pin Bowling Singles