John Connell – Westmeath

John Connell received a kidney transplant in 2011 from a living donor – his sister Frances. He is originally from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath but is now living in South Africa.

John will be competing at this year’s World Transplant Games in the 60-69 years category in the following events:

  • Cycling – 10K Time Trial
  • Cycling – 20K Team Time Trial
  • Cycling – 30K Road Race

Describing himself as “very happy to be hale and hearty”, John previously took part in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland 2014, and the World Transplant Games in South Africa 2013.

John says the best part of Transplant Team Ireland is the strong friendships formed and the comfort of shared experiences with the only people who can really understand what it is like to be transplanted.

Having lived in the UK previously, John is looking forward to returning to visit Newcastle this year for “lots of fun, laughter and good cycling competition”.