Rachel pips teammate Aoife Murray to the post for the title of youngest member of the current panel for Transplant Team Ireland. Rachel underwent a kidney transplant when she was just 9 years old in 1996.
This is Rachel’s 6th time to complete and this summer she will be in the 30-39 year age category and her events are:
- Tennis Singles
- Tennis Mixed Doubles (partnering Pat O’Sullivan)
Rachel, who lives in Bettystown, Co. Meath, is the only daughter of her parents Tom and Gladys and she has one brother, Mark.
Although not a newcomer to the team, Rachel took time out from Transplant Sport for a few years to pursue work and studies. Now that all her hard work has paid off she has more time to give to her love of tennis, which is her sport at the forthcoming Games. Rachel represented Ireland at three previous World Transplant Games when they were held in Canada and Thailand and last year in Spain. In Canada, she won two Gold medals for Tennis singles and doubles. And in Thailand, she secured a place on the medals podium whilst also medalling in Spain. She also won two Gold medals for tennis singles and doubles in Wurzburg, Germany at the European Transplant & Dialysis Games in 2008.
‘Being part of Transplant Team Ireland is good fun as their is great team spirit and camaraderie. By taking part in the Games, our team, and all the participants from across Europe are showcasing how important organ donation is and the difference it can make for transplant recipients and their families.’