Aoife lives in Clonsilla, Dublin and had a liver transplant in 2015. This will be her 2nd time to compete and this summer she will be in the 30-39 year age category in the following events:
- Tennis Singles
- Pentanque Doubles (partnering Chikoyo White)
- Pentanque Singles
- 10 Pin Bowling Singles
‘I come from a family of 5, one older brother Niall, one younger sister Amy and my parents Mags and Gary. Until I was diagnosed with Auto-Immune Liver Disease in 1999 I was extremely sporty. I played Gaelic football, soccer, basketball but my one love was camogie, which I played for St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh. At the moment I enjoy taking part in Zumba dance class as well as taking part in the mini marathon 6 months after my liver transplant to raise money for St.Vincents University hospital among other runs such as Run For A Life. I enjoy being surrounded by my extended family both in Cork and Cavan and my close friends and of course my little Yorkie Ted!’ Getting my transplant has given me a second chance at life and I intend to use it to the fullest, making my donor and their family proud every day.’
‘Apart from my transplant, joining Transplant Team Ireland is one of the best things I have every done. Every single person on our team are amazing people and athletes. There’s a real family feel to the team, with everyone looking out for everybody else, offering support and guidance while having a lot of fun along the way.
It’s lovely to be around people that have come their own journeys but understand what you have gone through in life to get where you are today,
I have made friends for life from nearly every county in Ireland and through the games will make friends all over the world, while spreadying our wonderful message of Organ Donation and the great life you can have post transplant to a worldwide audience.
I hope to compete, doing my own family m my donor and their family proud.
I hope to spread the Organ Donation message to as many people as possible and I also would like to give hope to those still at hom on Organ Donor waiting lists that someday hopefully soon, this could be them.
We are extremely lucky to have a fantastic team behind us. Our Manager Coln White and our Captain Harry Ward, without them, none of this would be possible, Also our Team Doctor and our media guru’s spreading the work of the team far and wide. All great at what they do for us and also great craic!!!!’